'Rough sex' claim man from Birmingham guilty of murder

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Det Insp Jim Colclough said: "Bailey [pictured] took control of the situation and of Charlotte from the moment they met"

A man who claimed a mother of two died accidentally during "rough sex" at his Birmingham flat has been found guilty of her murder.

Richard Bailey, 41, of Kingstanding, was found guilty of murdering Charlotte Teeling, 33, by an unanimous jury at Birmingham Crown Court.

Bailey strangled Ms Teeling five hours after they met for the first time after she left a nightclub on 23 February.

Bailey was remanded in custody to be sentenced at the court on Wednesday.

Bailey scattered pornography near the body of his victim after strangling her.

Ms Teeling, who had lived on the Isle of Wight and at a woman's refuge in Worcester, took a taxi with him to his flat at supported accommodation in Cooksey Lane. They had met in a shop at about 05:00 GMT.

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Police appealed for information after Ms Teeling did not return to a women's refuge where she was staying

Bailey had claimed she died accidentally during sex after asking to be choked. However, prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC told the jury her injuries suggested Bailey intended "at least to cause really serious harm".

The jury heard she had suffered injuries to her neck and mouth and a bone fracture near the base of her tongue.

After killing Ms Teeling, Bailey used her bank card and travelled to Coventry, where he tried to "worm his way" back into the life of an ex-partner, the court heard.

West Midlands Police said he was arrested in Coventry after officers made the "gruesome discovery" of Ms Teeling's half-naked body on Bailey's bed four days after she was reported missing.

CCTV released by the force shows the night Bailey and Ms Teeling met.

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CCTV images show the couple kissing in a supermarket before the attack

Det Insp Jim Colclough said: "Bailey was a manipulative individual and I do not agree with any suggestion that this was a sex game that went wrong.

'Loving mother'

"A game would imply that there were rules and fairness for all participants. This was not a game. It was not fair.

"Bailey took control of the situation and of Charlotte from the moment they met in the early hours of the morning. He took her back to his home and during sexual activity he killed her."

Mr Colclough described Ms Teeling as a caring person who was a loving mother, daughter and sister.

"Charlotte's family have been very brave in spite of having to listen to some very disturbing evidence," he said.

Judge Patrick Thomas QC told the jury that Bailey would serve a life sentence and he would specify the minimum term before he could be considered for release.

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