Mother was murdered after sex allegations, court is told

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A FORMER Chichester supermarket worker was stabbed to death as she tended her horses in a New Forest field as a way of silencing her, a court has heard.

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

Winchester Crown Court heard that the 47-year-old was murdered because one of the defendants held a ‘lasting sense of animosity’ after she went to police about allegations of sexual assault.

Richard Smith QC, prosecuting, said Benjamin Carr enlisted Justin Robertson to murder Mrs Davis.

Robertson, 36, of no fixed address, denies murder and conspiracy to murder.

He was traced by police after he dropped a set of car keys at the murder scene, Winchester Crown Court was told.

Carr, 22, of Edward Road, Southampton, and Samantha Maclean, 28, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, are charged with conspiracy to murder, which they deny.

Mr Smith QC, prosecuting, said: ‘Penelope’s body was found later that afternoon lying in the field by her husband, Peter Davis, who had left work and come to give her a hand with the horses.

‘They had only been married for a matter of months.

‘The defendant, Justin Robertson, had agreed to kill Penelope Davis for money.’

Mrs Davis had recently moved to the New Forest and had lived in Chichester and previously worked at Tesco at Fishbourne.