Two people charged with conspiracy to murder Penelope Davis


Benjamin Carr, 22 and Samantha Maclean, 28, both from the New Forest have today been charged with conspiracy to murder Penelope Davis as known as 'Pennie'.

John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: "I have authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Benjamin Carr, 22, and Samantha Maclean, 28, with conspiracy to murder Penelope Davis, 47, from Blackfield, on 2 September.

"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 Benjamin Carr and Samantha MacLean with conspiracy to murder Penelope Davis.

"They will appear at Southampton Magistrates' Court on Friday, 24 October.

"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."