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India Chipchase murder: Inside 'obsessive' killer's creepy bachelor home with plastic-covered floors and newspaper clippings of women

Mirror Mirror 2/08/2016 By Richard Wheatstone

Undated handout photo issued by Northamptonshire Police of India Chipchase as Edward Tenniswood appeared via videolink for a preliminary hearing at Northampton Crown Court, where he is charged with her murder © Northamptonshire Police/PA WIRE/Press Association Undated handout photo issued by Northamptonshire Police of India Chipchase as Edward Tenniswood appeared via videolink for a preliminary hearing at Northampton Crown Court, where he is charged with her murder This is the creepy bachelor pad 'obsessive' murderer Edward Tenniswood led tragic India Chipchase back to after finding her in a 'drunken stupor' outside a nightclub.

Tenniswood, 52, faces a life sentence after being found guilty of India's rape and murder at Birmingham Crown Court today.

He found 20-year-old India drunk and helpless outside NB's nightclub in the town before leading her into a taxi back to his home.

The ex-bookkeeper then raped her before strangling her to death in his bed.

When police broke down the door of a rented terraced home, they found the clothed body of 20-year-old India lying on a mattress on the floor of the front bedroom.

First pictures of the property reveal how the floors of the dingy property were covered in plastic sheets.

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The home was covered in sheets and food bowls covered with plates - even the computer was covered in plastic wrap.

Newspaper clippings of attractive women were also found lying around property.

Tenniswood - who claims to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - told the jury during the two-week trial: "It seems illogical to keep cleaning it to use it. Instead you just replace the cling film, rather than the rigmarole of cleaning."

Chilling CCTV shows the moment Tenniswood targeted defenseless India as she stood outside a nightclub in a 'drunken stupor'.

Security footage shows how he approached India and talked her into getting into a taxi with him, telling her: "I'll make sure you get home safe."

He then took her back to his flat in in Northampton and raped and killed her.

India was found dead in his bed by police the next morning having been strangled to death.

Tenniswood - who told the murder trial he had once dated a famous fashion cover model - claimed India had put his hands around her neck during "vigorous love-making" and her death was down to his "over-eagerness".

But a jury at Birmingham Crown Court saw through his lies and took less than two hours to find him guilty of murder and rape.

India had drunk six Jagerbombs before becoming separated from friends on the night of the murder and was said to be in a 'drunken stupor' when she met Tenniswood.

At 1am that morning, India, unsteady on her feet, is helped out of the nightclub and into a waiting taxi by bouncer David Burry, after telling him "I just want to go home".

But tragically, she became angry at being asked for the £10 fare in advance and got back out of the taxi and tried to get back into the club.

Around 10 minutes later, Tenniswood arrived outside the club and began talking to India.

He then led India along Bridge Street to a taxi, which took them to Marlborough Road, yards from his home in nearby Stanley Road.

During the journey India sent a series of Snapchats, including one which read: "Where are Club."

After India was inside Tenniswood's house, India's boyfriend Grant Hare tried to call her a number of times but her phone rang out.

Proescuting, Christopher Donnellan QC had told the court: "It is very likely his motive was sexual and when she resisted him he was determined to have sex and he grabbed her around the throat and squeezed.

"He held her until she was unable to resist any more."

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Tenniswood, a self-confessed alcoholic, then claimed he failed to notice India's lifeless body despite re-fastening the 20-year-old's bra, and re-clothing her, while wearing surgical-type latex gloves, before leaving his victim alone.

Instead of raising the alarm, he went out 'for 20 minutes to get a kebab' but then spent the next 22 hours drinking lager in an Ibis hotel until police arrested him.

Jurors were shown dramatic body-cam footage of the moment cops discovered India dead after smashing their way into Tenniswood's home.

The 20-year-old was found with more than 60 injuries including bruising to her forehead, her cheek and cuts to the inside of her cheek and her lip.

PC Steven Knight told Birmingham Crown Court: "As I got in the doorway I could see a mattress with a blanket over the top. I could see a shape of a figure.

"It was the hair at the top the mattress I could see - black hair.

"At first I thought it was fur, but as I got closer I could see it was her hair. The hair was splayed. Instead of being down, it was pulled up and around. Sort of a halo."

© Provided by Mirror Asked what he did next, the Northamptonshire Police officer added: "I took a corner of the blanket and pulled it away so I could see the face."

Body-cam footage from another officer who followed PC Knight into the room recorded police as they were confronted with the fact that India was past any medical help.

In the footage, Mr Knight can be heard desperately shouting to the prone, fully-clothed young woman: "Can you hear me? Can we get a paramedic?"

He then says to another officer: "We've got a positive ID."

The constable again tries to get some response from India, yelling: "Sweetheart? Sweetheart, can you wake up? Can you hear me?"

As the reality of what the officers have discovered dawns on them, a policewoman, off-camera, can be heard to say: "She's gone, she's gone. S***, she's gone."

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