Man charged with the murder of Penelope Davis


Justin Robertson, 36, of no fixed address has been charged today with the murder of Penelope Davis, who was found stabbed to death, in Beaulieu in the New Forest on 2 September.

A 24-year-old woman, Leanne Doyle, from Hythe, was also charged on Monday in connection with the murder of Mrs Davis with assisting an offender.

John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: "I have authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Justin Robertson with the murder of Penelope Davis, 47, from Blackfield, on 2 September.

"It is alleged that Mrs Davis was found killed when she was tending to her horses in a paddock near Leygreen Farm in Beaulieu. Her husband Peter Davis found her dead; she had sustained several stab wounds.

"I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Hampshire Constabulary and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Justin Robertson with the murder of Penelope Davis.

"He will appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on Monday 16 September.

"Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Leanne Doyle will next appear at Winchester Crown Court on October,1, 2014