Life imprisonment for the murderer of India Chipchase

02/08/2016

Edward Tenniswood has today been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of India Chipchase.

On 29 January, India Chipchase had been on a night out with friends at the NB nightclub on Bridge Street, Northampton, when Edward Tenniswood approached her outside the venue. He acted as if he was a friend trying to get her home because she had had too much to drink. He then took her in a taxi to his house, where he raped and murdered her.

Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands said: "The abduction, rape and murder of India Chipchase were devastating for all who knew her. Edward Tenniswood is clearly a highly dangerous and manipulative man, who pursued his own self-interest and preyed on his young female victim.

"Tenniswood concocted an elaborate web of lies to try to cover up his criminal actions in court. The truth of this case is that India Chipchase could not and did not consent to anything that night. Tenniswood abducted her, raped her and then killed her.

"My sympathies are with India's family at this difficult time. It is a tragedy that a young woman with her life ahead of her was taken from those who love her in such a heartless manner."

Background:

The prosecution's case was India Chipchase had gone to NB nightclub on a night out with friends. While intoxicated she was separated from her friends and staff at the club tried to get her to take a taxi home.

Tenniswood arrived at the club and acted as if he was trying to get in. When he was refused entry, he targeted Miss Chipchase, making it look to witnesses as if he knew her. He led her away from the club and into a taxi. He took her to his house, where he raped and killed her. He then left the house and went to a local hotel, where he was found by police officers after India's body had been found in his house.

In his defence, Tenniswood fabricated a story that the encounter had been consensual and the death of Miss Chipchase had been an accident.

He was convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday 2 August and sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in custody for murder and 12 years for rape, to run concurrently.