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Pub stranger battered and chopped up in flat of horror

Pent-up fantasy’: Maynard-Ellis (left) and Leesley (centre) murdered Julia Rawson

A HORROR movie fanatic and his boyfriend have been found guilty of murdering a woman who was lured to their ‘flat of horrors’ after a chance meeting in a pub.

Nathan Maynard-Ellis, 30, and David Leesley, 25, battered Julia Rawson with a rolling pin and used a hacksaw to cut up her body, which they stuffed in bin bags.

They dumped the remains in two locations and burnt her blood-stained clothes in an attempt to cover their crimes.

Prosecutors said the killing was the ‘culmination of years of pent-up fantasy and desire’ by Maynard-Ellis, who was obsessed with serial killers.

He was snared when CCTV showed him chatting to Ms Rawson, 42, in a pub in Dudley, West Midlands. That night, he lured her back to the flat he shared with Leesley in Tipton.

Obsessive: Horror memorabilia in flat PICTURES: WEST MIDLANDS POLICE/SWNSPA

Photos show it crammed with serial killer novels and face-masks of characters from horror movies. In another picture, a work bench is covered with tools including pliers, drills and an axe.

He collected newspaper cuttings and books about killers and films featuring decapitation and necrophilia, and had been referred to psychiatrists about his sexually violent fantasies.

Coventry crown court was told that, after killing Ms Rawson in May last year, the pair were seen the next day on CCTV strolling by a canal where they dumped the bags in undergrowth. Footage also showed Maynard-Ellis enjoying a pint in the Fountain Inn in Tipton less than 24 hours after the murder.

Maynard-Ellis and Leesley were found guilty of murder, concealment, destruction or disposal of a body and perverting the course of justice.

Maynard-Ellis was also found guilty of rape, attempted rape and threats to kill against another woman.

The pair were remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a date to be fixed.