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The jury in the trial of three people charged in connection with the murder of Pennie Davis has been hearing evidence from her former partner.

The mother-of-five was found dead in a field in the New Forest last September.

There are three people on trial - who all deny the charges. As Emma Wilkinson reports from Winchester Crown Court, it was an emotional day for her family.


Fire dogs to spend retirement 'watching Meridian on the sofa'

They say that dogs are a man's best friend - and this is certainly true of two dogs in Hampshire, Inca and Saxon.

These are no ordinary labradors, they are specially trained fire dogs who work alongside Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to detect flammable liquids and work in fire-ravaged properties.

Handler Graham with the two black labradors Credit: ITV Meridian

The dogs came into our studios to talk to Fred and Sangeeta about their retirement after 10 years of hard work.

When asked how they'll be spending their retirement, their handler Graham said they'd be spending it on the sofa watching their favourite show, ITV Meridian, of course.

The well-behaved dogs are far from camera shy Credit: ITV Meridian

Man accused of spending £1500 to kill Pennie Davis

A man accused of ordering the murder of a New Forest mum, Pennie Davis, began to "hate" her when he refused to back up her story that she had been raped at their family home.

Pennie Davis, 47, who worked at a supermarket, was found dead by her husband Peter Davis on 2nd September in a field where she had been tending her horses at Leygreen Farm, Beaulieu, in the New Forest.

Justin Robertson, 36, of no fixed abode, denies her murder and conspiracy to murder and Benjamin Carr, 22, of Edward Road, Southampton, and Samantha Maclean, 28, of Beech Crescent, Hythe, are also charged with conspiracy to murder, which they deny.

Carr, who is the son of a former partner of Mrs Davis, is accused of paying Robertson £1,500 to carry out the killing, Winchester Crown Court has heard.

He wanted her "silenced" because she had threatened to repeat allegations that he indecently assaulted someone when he was 14 years old.


Two Hampshire Fire Dogs are set to retire after a service of 126 dog years

Inca and Saxon are two fire investigation dogs that have served loyally for eight and ten years respectively with the team at Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

Inca and Saxon retiring after having attended over 500 incidents Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

The two black labradors are siblings that have served together for years helping Hampshire Fire and Rescue service find out how fires have been started. This may seem like an easy task but without Inca and Saxon this would not be easy for the Fire and Rescue team.

It would take a fire investigator in excess of four hours to search an area of approximately 20 – 30 m² using conventional apparatus. Saxon and Inca can search approximately 400m² in 10 – 15 minutes.

– Fire investigator Graham Howlett
A dogs nose is an invaluable resource for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Don't worry however as Saxon and Inca's work putting criminals behind bars will be continued by Spaniels Millie and Ruby, alongside Border Collie Harvey.

The pair will enjoy their retirement with their long time colleague Fire Investigator Graham and his wife Jo at their home.

If you want to check on how the pairs retirement is going you can follow Hampshire's Fire Dogs on Twitter @HantsFireDogs where Saxon and Inca will be tweeting out to their adoring public.

You can also catch Inca and Saxon on ITV1 on ITV Meridian tonight at 6pm with Fred and Sangeeta.

We hope they enjoy their retirement. Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Pennie Davis death: mother killed to 'silence' her

The trial has started of three people charged in connection with the death of mother-of-five, Pennie Davis.

Winchester Crown Court heard how the shop-worker was stabbed to death in the New Forest to stop her making a sex assault allegation.

One man has gone on trial accused of murder and conspiracy to murder. Two others are accused of conspiring to murder the 47-year-old.

Emma Wilkinson was in court today:

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