India Chipchase murder trial jury set to be sent out on Tuesday


A jury is expected to be sent out to consider verdicts in the trial of an ex-bookkeeper accused of raping and throttling a barmaid.

Edward Tenniswood denies the murder and rape of India Chipchase after chancing on the drunk 20-year-old outside Northampton's NB's nightclub in the early hours of Saturday January 30.

Tenniswood, 52, has claimed that after getting a cab back to his house in Stanley Road he had consensual sex with the young woman and that her death was down to his "over-eagerness" in bed.

In a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the prosecution has alleged that Tenniswood over-powered his victim before "squeezing the life" out of Ms Chipchase.

Opening the trial last week, the Crown's QC Christopher Donnellan said: "It is very likely his motive was sexual and when she resisted him he was determined to have sex and he grabbed her around the throat and squeezed.

"He held her until she was unable to resist any more."

Mr Justice John Saunders QC will finish summing up the evidence on Tuesday before sending the jury out.