34) Edward Tenniswood
A bookkeeper was heard telling a young barmaid outside a nightclub "I'll get you home safe" before she was raped and murdered, a court has heard.
The body of India Chipchase, 20, was found at a house in Stanley Road, Northampton, on 31 January.
Birmingham Crown Court heard Edward Tenniswood, 52, of Stanley Road, Northampton, denies her murder.
Christopher Donnellan QC, prosecuting, said Miss Chipchase's body was found on a mattress at the defendant's home.
Mr Donnellan said Mr Tenniswood turned up outside NB's cocktail bar in Northampton in the early hours of 30 January when Miss Chipchase was in a "fairly pickled state" and could "barely stand up".
"Others nearby thought from the way he spoke to her, he knew her," said Mr Donnellan. "He was overheard by others to say 'not to worry' and he'd get her home safe - he didn't."
The jury heard Miss Chipchase's death "was no dreadful accident" and that Mr Tenniswood "raped and throttled" her at his home in Stanley Road.
"When she resisted he gripped her around the throat and squeezed. She suffered a blunt force trauma to the head and face and appeared to put up a struggle," he said.
After she died, Mr Tenniswood set about tidying up, Mr Donnellan added.
"He re-clothed her, covered her in a sheet and left her. He removed her belongings."
'Determined to have sex'
The jury was told Mr Tenniswood had put on clear plastic vinyl gloves that were later found in a bag of rubbish.
"He was obviously aware of what he was doing and put on clear plastic vinyl gloves," Mr Donnellan said. "They were found in a bag of rubbish - India's blood on the outside of the gloves and his DNA on the inside.
Tenniswood turned his sick violent fantasies into reality after he found India Chipchase in a drunk and vulnerable state outside Northampton’s NB’s nightclub.
When police smashed down the door of his house, having traced Ms Chipchase’s mobile to the address, they found her fully-clothed body lying on a mattress in a dimly-lit upstairs bedroom.
A sheet was drawn up to her chin and her long black hair had been arranged by Tenniswood in what police described as a ‘halo’.
Her body was near a book left open on a page showing romantic images of scantily-clad women.
Ms Chipchase was found to have 33 separate injuries on her body including evidence of blunt force trauma to her head and bruising to both hips.
Following the verdict, press restrictions were lifted and we are now able to reveal that Tenniswood had previously pinned a teenage girl up against a wall by her throat and tried to kiss her. Before he moved to Northampton in the late 1990s, Tenniswood had a top-floor apartment on Oakley Street in Chelsea, west London.