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Vile rapist jailed for 30-years for murder of 20-year-old woman

India Chipchase
India Chipchase

A middle-aged fantasist convicted of raping and murdering a young woman he lured back to his squalid house after finding her outside a nightclub has been jailed for at least 30 years.

Edward Tenniswood was given a life sentence for killing India Chipchase, who was less than half his age, after a Birmingham Crown Court jury took just an hour and 45 minutes to find him guilty.

Tenniswood promised to "get her home safe" after finding the 20-year-old in a drunken state outside NB's nightspot in Northampton in the early hours of January 30.

But instead he attacked her, leaving Ms Chipchase with more than 30 injuries.

After killing his victim, 52-year-old Tenniswood told a jury he "cuddled up" to her lifeless body in an upstairs bedroom of his Stanley Road home and then sat and drank in a hotel bar for 22 hours until the police came to arrest him.

In court, he claimed the sex had been consensual and that Ms Chipchase's death in his grim rented terraced home had been down to his "over-eagerness" in bed.

But the jury swiftly rejected the account of a man described by his own lawyer as an "oddball" and, sentencing him, Mr Justice Saunders told him he would serve at least 30 years behind bars.

The judge told the court: "This was a terrible crime. It was committed because the defendant was determined to satisfy his own sexual desires on an attractive and much younger woman. It was a crime of utter depravity."

In a statement read to court, the victim's mother Sue Chipchase said her daughter "lit up a room" adding: "Her death has left a huge void in all our lives and her siblings are quiet and subdued without her."

Mrs Chipchase said: "The actions of this man means we have been condemned to a life spent grieving for a child whose potential we shall never see."

Her father Jeremy Chipchase, in a video statement played in court, said: "I sincerely hope there's no possibility that another woman ever falls into the hands of my daughter's murderer."

Edward Tenniswood

His voice cracked with emotion as he said: "No other father will have to see their daughter's body in the mortuary and be told they are unable to touch or kiss her one last time.

He added: "No other father will have to touch the coffin and say 'love you, Ind' and see the curtain close in the crematorium.

"No other father will be hit with a wave of emotion at a wedding, as I was, realising I would never walk India down the aisle."

Tenniswood had forced family and friends of his victim to listen in court to his claims that she had gone willingly to his home and had had consensual sex with him.

But as Ms Chipchase was led from the nightclub the worse for wear earlier that night, bouncer David Burry recalled her repeatedly telling him: "I just want to go home."