Serial killer fanatic killed and dismembered woman at 'house of horrors' flat after luring her home from pub

A SERIAL killer fanatic and his lover who killed and dismembered a woman at their "house of horrors" flat have been jailed for life today.

Nathan Maynard-Ellis, 30, and boyfriend David Leesley, 25, brutally butchered Julia Rawson before dumping her body parts in bin bags on May 11 last year.

The 42-year-old victim was battered with a rolling pin after she was lured back to their home before the evil pair used a hacksaw to cut up her body.

They then stuffed the 12 body parts into bags and dumped them in two different locations before burning her blood-stained clothes in a bid to cover their tracks.

Maynard-Ellis was snared when CCTV showed him chatting to Ms Rawson in pub in Dudley, West Midlands, on the night he lured her back to his flat and bludgeoned her to death.

A court heard the apartment was dubbed the "flat of horrors" as it was crammed with creepy horror film memorabilia.


Maynard-Ellis and Leesley were found guilty of murder, concealment, destruction or disposal of a body and perverting the course of justice last month.

Maynard-Ellis was also found guilty of rape, attempted rape and threats to kill against another woman at Coventry Crown Court.

Maynard-Ellis was jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 30 years while Leesley received a life sentence with a minimum of 15 years at Warwick Crown Court.

The court heard Ms Rawson had spent the evening with an ex-girlfriend, but caught the wrong bus home and ended up in the Bottle And Cork pub.


CCTV released by West Midlands Police following the case, shows Maynard-Ellis enter the pub at 10.45pm.

Ms Rawson, who was sitting with another man at the bar, approached him and they started chatting before she agreed to go back with him in a taxi.

Pictures taken inside the property show it filled with creepy novels, a Chucky doll holding a knife and gory homemade face-masks of characters from horror movies Maynard-Ellis used to make.

Another snap shows a work bench covered with dolls heads and severed hands along with tools including pliers, drills and an axe.

Jurors heard Ms Rawson was hit over the back of the head four times with a rolling pin before Maynard-Ellis and Leesley dismembered her in the bath.

The pair used saws to cut up her body and it was suggested the evil pair may have removed her right kidney as a macabre trophy of the killing.

After murdering and dismembering Ms Rawson, the pair stuffed her body parts into black plastic bags.

The next day the pair were caught on CCTV strolling along a nearby canal where they dumped the bags in undergrowth.

After Ms Rawson's family reported her missing, police launched a huge search which lasted for 47 days before he body parts were finally discovered.

Maynard-Ellis and Leesley were finally caught on May 22 when a member of the public alerted police following a CCTV appeal.

In a statement, Julia's family described her as "easy-going and quick to make friends with anyone she met.

"She was a talented artist and musician, with the ability to play by ear. Her drawings were shown at local art shows.

"Her death has had a devastating impact on us, the mutilation of her body and the callous way in which her remains were scattered has revolted us.

"We can only pray Julia knew nothing about these abhorrent acts.

"We are a close and loving family, clinging to each other in an attempt to support each other through this harrowing ordeal, but shall remain deeply affected and troubled by these events for the rest of our lives because Julia's loss is felt as keenly today as when we heard she had first gone missing."

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from West Midlands Police, said: "This is simply a tragic case.

"The actions of Maynard-Ellis and Leesley are incomprehensible. Julia did nothing wrong that evening.

"The way in which she was murdered and treated in death are despicable.

"Julia's family, friends and the wider community in which this horrific killing has occurred are left devastated by the cruel actions of the pair.

"Fortunately depraved crimes like this are rare, but their actions were sickening and it's been a complex and emotionally difficult case for us as officers to investigate.

"However we were determined to seek justice for Julia. My thoughts remain with them at this difficult time."

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