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Homeless man jailed for life in Northampton for killing man who offered him a place to stay

Karl Pound and Mary Cash Credit: Northamptonshire police

A homeless man who killed a Good Samaritan who offered him a place to stop for the night has been jailed for life after admitting the crime.

Karl Pound pleaded guilty to murdering 54-year-old Robert Chester while his co-accused Mary Cash was convicted of manslaughter for her part in their victim's death.

Mr Chester was stabbed eight times at his Northampton home on October 8 last year, and then set alight in a bid to destroy evidence.

When firefighters arrived at the address in Rothersthorpe Road they discovered the victim dead in his lounge.

Police were able to link Mr Chester's attackers to the scene through DNA on blood-stained clothing.

Cash claimed Pound stabbed Mr Chester in a row over a £10 note, while Pound alleged Cash killed their victim because of a drunken bout of bad temper.

However Pound changed his plea to guilty after the first day of the trial at Northampton Crown Court, while Cash, who denied murder, was convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter by a jury.

Pound, 51, was sentenced today (August 3) to a minimum of 19 years in jail while Cash, 39, was handed a 10-year sentence, two-thirds of which must be served in prison.

"This was a completely senseless attack on a man who had shown only kindness towards Pound and Cash.

"The level of violence shown towards Mr Chester, over a seemingly insignificant argument, was shocking and difficult to comprehend.

"Robert was a quiet man who kept himself to himself. His act of kindness towards two people in need proved to be a fatal mistake and he has paid the ultimate price.

"I welcome the sentences handed down today by the judge and hope Robert's family can gain some comfort from them."

– Detective Chief Inspector Louise Hemingway, Northamptonshire Police

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Police release CCTV footage of India's killer approaching her outside nightclub

Police have released CCTV footage of Edward Tenniswood approaching India Chipchase on the night he killed her.

It shows him speaking to the 20-year-old barmaid outside NB's nightclub in Northampton, where she had been for a night out with friends before the pair are seen getting in a taxi on Bridge street.

The footage later shows Tenniswood being escorted from a hotel following his arrest.

The 52-year-old former book-keeper was convicted of her rape and murder today at Birmingham Crown Court.

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Tenniswood sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years

India Chipchase and Edward Tenniswood

Edward Tenniswood who was found guilty of raping and murdering India Chipchase in Northampton has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years.

He had always denied the charges but a jury at Birmingham Crown Court took less than two hours to return a guilty verdict.

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CCTV footage: India Chipchase approached by killer

Police have released CCTV footage of Edward Tenniswood approaching India Chipchase on the night he killed her.

It shows him speaking to the 20-year-old barmaid outside NB's nightclub in Northampton, where she had been for a night out with friends.

The 52-year-old former book-keeper was convicted of her rape and murder today at Birmingham Crown Court.

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