Murderer sentenced to 32 years in jail after stabbing supermarket worker

Pennie Davis
Pennie Davis
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A man who stabbed a mother-of-five to death as she tended her horses in a field has been jailed for a minimum of 32 years.

Pennie Davis, 47, a former Chichester supermarket worker, was found dead by her husband on September 2 in a field at Leygreen Farm in Beaulieu, Hampshire.

Justin Robertson, 36, was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to murder following a six-week trial at Winchester Crown Court.

He was given a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 32 years before he is considered for release.

Jurors heard Robertson agreed to kill Ms Davis for Benjamin Carr, 22, the son of Ms 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 gave no reaction as his verdict was read out, but clapped his hands together when Ms Maclean was acquitted. She wiped tears from her eyes, while Carr stared straight ahead.

A fourth person, Robertson’s girlfriend, Lian Doyle, 24, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, earlier pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice after she disposed of his shoes.