Three jailed over Pennie Davis murder plot

Pennie Davis was stabbed 13 times in a field in the New Forest last September
Pennie Davis was stabbed 13 times in a field in the New Forest last September

A MAN who stabbed former Chichester woman Pennie Davis to death in a field in the New Forest has been handed a life prison sentence.

Justin Robertson, 36, was found guilty of murder following a six-week trial at Winchester Crown Court and will serve a minimum of 32 years behind bars.

Mother-of-five Pennie Davis, 47, was found dead by her husband on September 2 in a field at Leygreen Farm in Beaulieu, Hampshire, as she tended horses.

Jurors heard that Robertson agreed to kill Ms Davis for Benjamin Carr, 22, the son of Mrs Davis’s ex-lover, to stop her telling police that he had allegedly sexually assaulted someone when he was 14.

Carr, of Edward Road, Southampton, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder and was handed a life sentence. He will serve a minimum of 30 years in custody.

Co-defendant Samantha Maclean, 28, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, was found not guilty of the same charge.

Robertson’s girlfriend, Lian Doyle, 24, also of Beech Crescent, earlier pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice after she disposed of his shoes, it can now be reported. She was handed a ten-month jail term today (Wednesday, April 22).

Mrs Davis, who had only recently married husband Peter Davis, was alone in a small paddock in a field tending her horses when she was fatally stabbed.