Horror film fan’s rolling pin murder was so sick even hardened cops ‘disgusted’

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A killer obsessed with horror films was so twisted that even hardened detectives were shaken by his crime.

Nathan Maynard-Ellis, 30, met stranger Julia Rawson in a pub while out with his lover David Leesley, 25.

The pair managed to lure her to Maynard-Ellis’ flat, where he murdered her by re-enacting scenes from his favourite sickening movies.

Julia, 42, was battered with a rolling pin and her corpse was chopped into 12 pieces with the help of Leesley.

The pair then put her body parts into bin bags and hid them around a field in Tipton, West Mids.

Det Insp Jim Colclough, of West Midlands Police, worked on the case and was appalled by what he witnessed.

He said: “The actions of Maynard-Ellis and Leesley are incomprehensible. Julia did nothing wrong that evening.

“The way in which she was murdered and treated in death were despicable.

“Julia’s family, friends and the wider community in which this horrific killing occurred were left devastated by the cruel actions of the pair.

“Fortunately, depraved crimes like this are rare but their actions were sickening and it’s been a complex and emotionally difficult case for us as officers to investigate.”

Police found knives, saws and axes along with horror film memorabilia at the scene.

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Maynard-Ellis and Leesley burned Julia’s blood-stained clothing in a bid to get away with the crime.

But in 2020 the pair faced trial, during which the property where Julia was murdered was described as “a flat of horrors”.

Maynard-Ellis was jailed for a minimum of 30 years, while Leesley was sent to prison for at least 19 years.

Mr Colclough added: “I hope their guilty verdicts provide some solace for Julia’s loved ones.”

The case features in the new series of true crime show Killer Britain, which starts on February 14 on Crime + Investigation.

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