Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Penelope Davis murder: Woman charged with assisting an offender

Pennie Davis Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption Penelope Davis, known as Pennie, was found dead by her husband in a field in the New Forest a week ago

A woman has been charged with assisting an offender after a woman was found murdered in the New Forest.

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

Leanne Doyle, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, was charged on Monday but it can only now be reported after a court order was lifted earlier.

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

Image copyright Police handout
Image caption The mother of five had been tending to her horses before she was killed

The 24-year-old has also been charged with perverting the course of justice.

A 36-year-old man was arrested in Southampton on Tuesday evening on suspicion of murder.

On Wednesday evening officers were given an extra 12 hours to question the man.

Police must either charge him, release him, or apply to a magistrate for a further extension on Thursday morning.

Mrs Davis, a mother of five, died of multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination found. Her body was discovered by her husband Pete on 2 September.

Crimestoppers has offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the killer.

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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