Bodycam captures horror film fan killer denying dismembering woman days earlier
Bodycam footage captured a horror film fan killer denying dismembering a woman days earlier.
Police footage of the arrest of Nathan Maynard-Ellis shows him pretending to have no knowledge of killing Julia Rawson – who was lured to his home after a chance meeting at a pub in May 2019.
Julia, the jury heard, was a lesbian who a former partner said was sometimes “flirtatious” with men while drunk.
The warehouse worker could not have known that she was entering a “flat of horrors” which Maynard-Ellis shared with his 25-year-old boyfriend David Leesley, the court heard.
In footage of his arrest, Maynard-Ellis, 30, tried to throw officers off the scent by feigning bemusement and responding to a question about the period of time Julia had been missing by asking officers: “For 11 days?”
The footage was issued by police and shown to the jury.
Maynard-Ellis, whose boyfriend David Leesley is seen coughing nervously beside him in Dudley town centre, was also caught on CCTV behaving normally in a pub on the night after killing Ms Rawson.
Footage filmed shortly before Maynard-Ellis’s arrest on May 22 last year shows him introducing his partner, Leesley, to police on Wolverhampton Street, Dudley.
Maynard-Ellis is carrying a shopping bag, while Leesley is carrying a pillow and is seen biting his nails.
After being told that he matches a man caught on CCTV with Ms Rawson when she was last seen, Maynard-Ellis denies it was him and tells officers: “I would probably chop all my hair off though.”
He also questions why he is being stopped “just for looking like someone”.
Maynard-Ellis was today found guilty by a jury at Coventry Crown Court of the murder of Julia Rawson.
Jurors also convicted Maynard-Ellis’ boyfriend, David Leesley, of murdering Ms Rawson.
Maynard-Ellis was also found guilty of four counts of rape, one of attempted rape and making threats to kill relating to historical allegations made by a woman following his arrest.
Both defendants had admitted perverting the course of justice and concealing a body after the dismemberment of Ms Rawson’s remains in May last year.
Karim Khalil QC, prosecuting, said that the tiny flat Ms Rawson was lured to was crammed with stuffed creatures, snakes in a tank and many gory face-masks of characters from horror films that Maynard-Ellis had made.
And disturbing images – which have been shared by West Midlands Police – show hoards of Chucky Doll figures, a swathe of serial killer books and bizarre baby doll heads.
A variety of tools, including axes and knives, can also be seen hanging on the wall of their home.
Mr Khalil QC told Coventry Crown Court that Maynard-Ellis had suffered from mental health problems and had harboured dark thoughts that have focused mainly on the sexual assault of women and their violent killing.
The jury also heard that sadistic Maynard-Ellis had written diary entries and stories about his sexually violent fantasies and collected newspaper clippings and books about serial killers.
He also had two sexualised violent horror films, called Nekromantic 1 and Nekromantic 2 – which depict images of decapitation and necrophilia – in particular, a man having sex with a female corpse.
A month-long trial at Coventry Crown Court was told Julia Rawson’s body was cut into pieces and dumped in a variety of places – including a canal towpath – by the pair.
Mr Khalil said the killers did not panic during the gruesome dismemberment.
They burned their blood-stained clothes, ripped up carpets and disposed of them at the tip – showing no signs of the wicked act they had just committed.
Following the verdicts, delivered after around seven hours of deliberations, Mr Justice Soole adjourned sentence and thanked the jury for their diligent and careful consideration of the case.