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Couple killed, dismembered lesbian in ‘horror flat’

Nathan Maynard-Ellis and David Leesley, 30 and 25

A male couple have been found guilty of murdering and dismembering a lesbian in their flat filled with horror merchandise.

Boyfriends Nathan Maynard-Ellis and David Leesley, 30 and 25, have been convicted of the 2019 killing of Julia Rawson in Dudley, West Midlands.

The two men, who had already admitted perverting the course of justice and concealing a body, were found guilty of murder in a trial at Coventry Crown Court on Monday (November 9).

Couple lured woman to their flat, murdered and dismembered her

Rawson, 42, met Maynard-Ellis at a pub in May 2019, and was captured on CCTV entering a taxi with him, never to be seen again.

After her disappearance was linked to Maynard-Ellis, detectives visited the flat he shared with Leesley, discovering blood matching Rawson’s DNA under a newly-purchased carpet.

The couple have been convicted of killing of Julia Rawson in Dudley, West Midlands.
The couple have been convicted of killing of Julia Rawson in Dudley (West Midlands Police)

An extensive search later uncovered dismembered human body parts in plastic bags that had been disposed of near a canal and in a wasteland area.

Prosecutors told the court that Maynard-Ellis had a fascination with murder and was addicted to fantasies about the “sexualised killing of women.”

The pair’s flat “was the making of horror stories”, the BBC reports, filled with swords, spiders, Freddy Krueger figures and Chucky dolls.

Prosecutor Karim Khalil QC told the court that Maynard-Ellis had gone out with the aim of finding a victim.

Rawson identified as a lesbian, the court heard, but a former partner said she was sometimes “flirtatious” with men while drunk.

After reaching their flat, the is thought to have been struck on the head before being dismembered by the couple.

In addition to the murder charge, Maynard-Ellis was also found guilty of rape, and threats to kill, in relation to another woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Actions of murderers ‘despicable and incomprehensible’

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough of West Midlands Police said in a release: “This is simply a tragic case. 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 are despicable.

“Julia’s family, friends and the wider community in which this horrific killing has occurred are 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.

“However we were determined to seek justice for Julia and I hope their guilty verdicts provide some solace for her loved ones. My thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”

In a statement, Rawson’s family said: “Her death has had a devastating impact on us, the mutilation of her body and the callous way in which her remains were scattered has revolted us. We can only pray Julia knew nothing about these abhorrent acts.

“We are a close and loving family, clinging to each other in an attempt to support each other through this harrowing ordeal, but shall remain deeply affected and troubled by these events for the rest of our lives because Julia’s loss is felt as keenly today as when we heard she had first gone missing.”

Black trans woman killed by gunshot to the head

Merci Mack

Merci Mack was just 22 years old when she was shot and left in a Dallas parking lot. (HRC)

Merci Mack, a 22-year-old Black transgender woman, was tragically killed by a gunshot to the head on June 30 in Texas, making her at least the 18th trans person murdered in the US so far this year.

According to Out, there were no eyewitnesses to her murder, and police are appealing to the public for help.

Local residents heard gunshots at around 5am. They did not call emergency services.

Mack was found unconscious in a Dallas parking lot by a passerby who called an ambulance at 6.15am, but the 22-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Mack recently posted on Facebook that she was excited to return to her job at a restaurant which has been closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

She loved baking cookies and relaxing in the jacuzzi.

Tori Cooper, HRC director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative, said in a statement: “Another Black transgender woman has had her life stolen from her.

“We cannot become numb to the fact that our community has learned of more killings of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the past few weeks than HRC has ever tracked in the past seven years.

“Her friends say that Merci Mack was a young, upbeat soul who deserved to experience a full life.

“HRC is mourning with Merci’s loved ones and are calling for a full, thorough investigation into her death.”

Merci Mack is at least the 18th trans person violently killed in the US in 2020.

In 2019, there were 27 trans people murdered in America. According to the LGBT+ rights organisation, Merci Mack is at least the 18th trans person who has been violently killed in the United States so far this year, just six months into 2020.

Since HRC began collecting data on the violent deaths of trans people in America, 10 per cent of killings have occurred in Texas. The state is tied with Florida for the greatest percentage of violent trans deaths nationwide.

Police are asking anyone with information in connection with Mack’s death to contact Dallas police Detective Brian Tabor at 214-671-3605 or [email protected]