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New Forest murder: Man charged over Penelope Davis death

Pennie Davis Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption Pennie Davis was discovered by her husband in a field in the New Forest

A man has been charged with the murder of a woman found stabbed to death in the New Forest.

Penelope Davis, 47, known as Pennie, was discovered in a field at Leygreen Farm, Beaulieu, on 2 September where she was tending to her horses.

Hampshire Police said Justin Robertson, 36, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder following a joint decision with the Crown Prosecution Service.

He is due to appear before Southampton Magistrates' Court on Monday.

John Montague, prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Hampshire Constabulary and I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Justin Robertson with the murder of Penelope Davis."

The body of Mrs Davis, a mother of five, was found by her husband, Pete. The couple had married in May.

A post-mortem examination found she died from multiple stab wounds.

Mrs Davis, who worked in a local a supermarket, visited the field on a daily basis to tend to her horses.

A total of five people have been arrested in the case.

A 28-year-old woman from Hythe, Hampshire, arrested on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, has been released on bail until 3 November.

Leanne Doyle, 24, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, was charged on Monday with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

She has been bailed and is due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 1 October.

A 22-year-old man, previously arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail, while a 37-year-old man held on suspicion of assisting an offender was also bailed.

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