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Pennie Davis death: Man denies murder in New Forest

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Image caption Pennie Davis was found stabbed to death in a field where she had been tending to her horses

A man has denied stabbing a mother-of-five to death in the New Forest.

Penelope Davis, 47, known as Pennie, was found dead in September in a field at Leygreen Farm, Beaulieu, where she was tending her horses.

At Winchester Crown Court, Justin Robertson, 36, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty to murder and conspiracy to murder.

Samantha Maclean, Benjamin Carr and Leanne Doyle, have also been charged in connection with the case.

Ms Maclean, 28, from Hythe, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to murder.

Ms Doyle, 24, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, is charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

Mr Carr, 22, from Shirley, Southampton, was not in court due to an "administrative oversight" but his barrister indicated he would plead not guilty to conspiracy to murder.

The four accused are due to stand trial on 2 March.

Mrs Davis, who worked in a local supermarket, visited the field on a daily basis to tend to her horses, where her husband Pete would meet her, police said.

He found her body on 2 September. The pair had married in May.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died of multiple stab wounds.

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