Man sentenced for killing vulnerable mother

|News, Violent crime

A 41-year-old man has today (12 September) been jailed for life, to serve a minimum term of 29 years, after being found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of the murder of a woman from Worcester.

Charlotte Teeling was last seen alive on 22 February this year when she boarded a train from Worcester to Birmingham. The following day she contacted friends and told them she was ok and was with a man called ‘Richard’. Her family and friends never heard from her again.

On 26 February she was reported missing and police discovered that her debit card was being used.

CCTV caught images of a man using the card who was later identified as Richard Bailey.

Officers visited his flat in Kingstanding, Birmingham, on 2 March where they found the body of Ms Teeling. A post-mortem concluded that she had died of asphyxiation from pressure applied to her neck.

When Bailey was interviewed he admitted meeting Charlotte. He said they went back to his flat and said she had asked to be choked during sex and he had not realised she had died.

He claimed he had panicked and did not report her death.

Jason Corden-Bowen from the CPS said: “Through a chance meeting in Birmingham, within a few hours of meeting Charlotte Teeling, Richard Bailey had taken her back to his flat and killed her.

“His claims of sexual fantasy and panic were pure fiction.

“Once he realised what he had done he did not call the emergency services. He instead slept on a mattress in the same room as Charlotte’s body before abandoning her in his flat and stealing her debit card.

"The jury saw through his account and convicted him of Ms Teeling’s murder.

“Our thoughts are with Charlotte's family and friends.”

Notes to editors

  • Jason Corden-Bowen is a District Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands
  • Richard Bailey (29.04.77) was convicted of one count of murder on 10 September at Birmingham Crown Court

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