Man, 36, charged with murder over stabbing of horse lover and mother-of-five

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The body of Pennie Davis was found by her husband near the village of Beaulieu in the New Forest. Photo: Hampshire Constabulary
The body of Pennie Davis was found by her husband near the village of Beaulieu in the New Forest. Photo: Hampshire Constabulary

A man has been charged with murder over the fatal stabbing of British mother-of-five Pennie Davis as she tended to her horses in a pasture in Hampshire.

The body of Davis, 47, a supermarket worker, was found in the pasture on September 2 by her husband, Pete. The couple had only married in May.

A prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, John Montague, said he had authorised the Hampshire Constabulary to charge Justin Robertson, 36, with the murder of Davis.

“It is alleged that Mrs Davis was found killed when she was tending to her horses in a paddock near Leygreen Farm in Beaulieu. Her husband Peter Davis found her dead; she had sustained several stab wounds.

Pennie Davies
Pennie Davis.

“I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Hampshire Constabulary and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Justin Robertson with the murder of Penelope Davis.

“Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

Robertson is due to appear in Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

There have been a total of five arrests in relation to the killing.

A Hythe woman, arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, has been bailed to November 3.

Another Hythe woman has been charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice. She has been bailed to appear in court on October 1.

A man, 22, previously arrested on suspicion of murder, has been bailed, while a man, 37, held on suspicion of assisting an offender, has also been bailed.

Davis lived in the village of Blackfield, about four miles from the pasture where she kept her horses.

The supermarket worker visited her horses daily to tend to them.

She died from multiple stab wounds, a post mortem revealed.

Police have conducted a fingertip examination of the scene of her death, but have also appealed for sightings around her work at Sainsbury’s, in Hampton Lane, Blackfield, on the day of her death, between 1.30pm and 3pm.

Davis drove from the supermarket in her dark green Toyota Landcruiser to the field by Leygreen Farm, near Beaulieu, where she was found dead later in the day.

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