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Unending anguish for Chipchase family

Press Association logoPress Association 2/08/2016

The family of murder victim India Chipchase say "pain, anguish and emotion" will haunt them until the day they die.

The 20-year-old's father Jeremy and mother Sue said the death of their daughter - at the hands of Edward Tenniswood in January - had left a "huge void".

In a video released following Tenniswood's conviction, Chipchase, said: "I sincerely hope there's no possibility that another woman ever falls into the hands of my daughter's murderer."

Chipchase, a prominent obstetrician and gynaecologist at a hospital in Adelaide, said no other father should have to hear the news that his daughter had been found dead or see the faces of her siblings as they were told.

He said Sue and India's three siblings - Harry, Lulu and Pia - would "always love her".

"Even though we will never experience her smile, her laughter, her caring again, her photographs will adorn our walls, the memories of her 20 years will live on and her spirit will always be in our hearts," he said.

His voice cracked with emotion as he said: "No other father will have to see their daughter's body in the mortuary and be told they are unable to touch or kiss her one last time.

"I'm sure that I and other family members will continually have moments like this of pain, anguish, emotion, until we take our last breath."

The trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard Tenniswood, 52, found Chipchase intoxicated outside a nightclub in Northampton and took her to his squalid flat where he raped and throttled her before fleeing the scene to drink in a nearby hotel bar.

In a statement read during the trial, Sue Chipchase said her daughter "lit up a room" and had ideas of becoming a life-saving paramedic.

She added: "Her death has left a huge void in all our lives and her siblings are quiet and subdued without her.

"The actions of this man mean we have been condemned to a life spent grieving for a child whose potential we shall never see."

Chipchase's boyfriend Evaan Reihana, the son of former All Blacks and Northampton Saints rugby star Bruce Reihana, subsequently said he would dedicate his career to her.

The former Bordeaux Begles player posted: "I honestly can't believe to think even now that you have left us in that way miss India eve Chipchase !!"

He said India would be "the name on my strap" that would bring him luck "in the game we love".

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