Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Pennie Davis death: Victim cheated on accused's father, court told

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Image caption Pennie Davis's body was discovered by her husband Pete

A man accused of conspiring to murder his father's ex-partner had found her in bed with another man when he was a teenager, a jury has heard.

Pennie Davis, 47, was stabbed to death in a New Forest field on 2 September.

Justin Robertson, 36, denies murder. He, along with co-defendants Benjamin Carr, 22, and Samantha Mclean, 28, deny conspiracy to murder.

Mr Carr's father, Timothy, said his son's relationship with Ms Davis broke down when he revealed what he had seen.

Timothy Carr told Winchester Crown Court when he challenged his partner, Ms Davis told him she had been raped by her estranged husband.

Although the incident was reported in 2005, Benjamin Carr had refused to tell police he had witnessed a rape.

The court heard Ms Davis subsequently accused Benjamin Carr, who was 14 at the time, of two sexual assaults - a claim he denied.

'Toxic relationship'

The prosecution says when Ms Davies threatened to repeated those allegations six years later, Benjamin Carr decided to have her killed to "silence her once and for all".

Ms Davis's body was discovered by her husband of four months in the field in Beaulieu. She had been tending to her horses.

Timothy Carr told the court his seven-year relationship with Ms Davis, which ended in 2012, had been "toxic", with both accusing the other of infidelity.

He said it was impossible for him to have a relationship with his son after Ms Davis had made accusations of indecent assaults against him.

He told the jury Ms Davis's anger and hatred for Benjamin Carr never abated and he moved back to live with his mother, and they became estranged.

Prosecutors allege Benjamin Carr promised Mr Robertson £1,500 to kill Ms Davis. Mr Robertson was linked to the crime scene after dropping Ms Mclean's car keys in the field.

Mr Robertson, of no fixed address, and Ms Maclean, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, deny any part in the murder.

Mr Carr, from Shirley, Southampton, claims he recruited Mr Robertson to scare Ms Davis, not kill her.

The trial continues.

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

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