A cold-blooded killer was caught on CCTV leisurely enjoying a drink in a pub just hours after he killed and sliced up the body of his victim.
The footage shows Nathan Maynard-Ellis appearing to be in high spirits as he chatted at the Fountain Inn, in Tipton, at around 9.30pm on May 12, 2019.
Standing casually at the bar, his long hair neatly pulled back into a ponytail, there were no outward signs of the horror he had just inflicted on victim Julia Rawson, from Dudley.
He lured Ms Rawson to his “flat of horrors” in Mission Drive, Tipton, which he shared with his 25-year-old boyfriend, David Leesley.
Their month-long trial at Coventry Crown Court heard the 42-year-old was killed and her body cut into 11 pieces. Her remains were found a month later in four different locations.
Prosecutors alleged the gruesome killing “was the culmination of years of pent-up fantasy and desire” on the part of Maynard-Ellis, who was obsessed with horror movies and serial killers.
In the newly released footage, the sadistic 30-year-old casually chatted on his mobile phone as he stood alone at the bar. He left just after 11.30pm.
The pub visit came less than 24 hours after the former film and TV student murdered his victim, having met her in the Bottle and Cork pub in Dudley town centre.
West Midlands Police said the killers had two weeks to clear the crime scene of evidence.
They were said to have burned their blood-stained clothes at the home of Maynard-Ellis’ mother.
Det Insp Jim Colclough told Black Country Live: ”It was a chance meeting between Julia and Maynard-Ellis, there was no indication at all this meeting had been arranged or that they knew of each other.
“Maynard-Ellis has described that he went out that night, to meet up with his father and this is something that he would regularly do, but generally on a Sunday evening.
“He described this as a chance bus journey and walk into Dudley to see if his dad was out having a drink.
“We think he probably could have done that a little bit differently and made a prior arrangement. And so from that point of view, Maynard-Ellis hasn’t given any further insight into why you went out.”
“It’s not lost on us that had different decisions being made. Then there is every possibility that Julia would be alive today.”
He added: “This was a chance meeting between two people in a pub. Julia did absolutely nothing wrong on that evening. On that day, it was extremely unfortunate their paths crossed. And thankfully crimes of this nature are extremely rare.”
The ‘flat of horrors’ reportedly contained dozens of knives, saws, axes and other bladed articles but one of the weapons was said to have been missing from the flat when it was searched by cops.
Karim Khalil QC, prosecuting, told the court the sadistic killers did not panic after the killing and even ordered new carpet and underlay from Carpet Right.