Essex

David Oakes double murder trial jury considers verdicts

Christine Chambers and her daughter Shania
Image caption Christine Chambers and Shania, two, were found dead at their home in Braintree

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of a man accused of shooting dead his former partner and two-year-old daughter.

David Oakes, 50, is charged with murdering Christine Chambers, 38, and toddler Shania in Braintree, Essex, in June 2011.

Chelmsford Crown Court was told Mr Oakes allegedly subjected Miss Chambers to "degrading assaults" before killing her.

He denies two counts of murder.

Mr Oakes, of Canney Road, Steeple, in Essex, was involved in a custody dispute over Shania at the time of the alleged murders, the court heard.

He claimed it was Miss Chambers who shot Shania after attacking him earlier in the night.

The 50-year-old said he thought she had been trying to shoot him.

Miss Chambers and Shania were found dead at their home in Bartram Avenue.

The trial continues.

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