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A MAN con­victed of rap­ing and mur­der­ing a bar­maid claimed he once dated a world fa­mous cover girl in a bid to con­vince a jury of his in­no­cence.

Ed­ward Ten­nis­wood stood in the wit­ness box and held out his hand to the pros­e­cu­tor say­ing “I will bet you £100” after al­leg­ing he had dated Heather Ste­wart-Whyte in the late 1980s. FAN­TA­SIST: Ten­nis­wood falsely claimed to have had a re­la­tion­ship with model Heather Ste­wart-Whyte KILLER ON CAM­ERA: Ten­nis­wood picks up In­dia ( know­ing Ten­nis­wood, 52.

Judge Mr Jus­tice John Saun­ders QC had or­dered the press not to re­port Ten­nis­wood’s claim un­til the end of the trial for fear any com­ments on the claim could prej­u­dice the jury.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence in his de­fence, he was asked by his own bar­ris­ter, Samuel Stein QC, about news­pa­per cut­tings of Ms Ste­wartWhyte, the pop group Lit­tle Mix and two other women found in his kitchen.

Ten­nis­wood said: “I’m al­ways hoard­ing mag­a­zines and newspapers, clip­pings.

“These in­di­vid­u­als are ex­tremely sim­i­lar to ex-girl­friends of mine.

“Rather than just have the whole place cov­ered in dusty dust sheets, they’re or­na­ments, mem­o­ries of ex-girl­friends. Noth­ing more in­ter­est­ing than that.”

Dur­ing cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, Ten­nis­wood had been asked by the Crown’s QC Christo­pher Don­nel­lan why he kept the clip­pings.

Ten­nis­wood said: “They re­mind me of ex-girl­friends.”

He said: “I’ve had a hugely un­suc­cess­ful life but have been very lucky and had some very at­trac­tive ex-gir­friends.

“In­clud­ing one, I am not ashamed to say, who is the fash­ion model Heather Ste­wart-Whyte, who went on to get mar­ried with Yan­nick Noah and have two kids.”

Ten­nis­wood had lured In­dia back to his squalid house after find­ing her out­side a night­club.

He had promised to “get her home safe” after find­ing her in a drunken state out­side NB’s nightspot in Northamp­ton in the early hours of Jan­uary 30, a meet­ing cap­tured on CCTV.

But in­stead he at­tacked her, leav­ing In­dia with more than 30 in­juries.

After killing his vic­tim, Ten­nis­wood told a jury he “cud­dled up” to her life­less body in an up­stairs bed­room of his home and then sat and drank in a ho­tel bar for 22 hours un­til the po­lice came to ar­rest him.

He claimed the sex had been con­sen­sual and that In­dia’s death in his grim rented ter­raced home had sim­ply been down to his “over-ea­ger­ness” in bed.

But the judge told the court: “This was a ter­ri­ble crime. It was com­mit­ted be­cause the de­fen­dant was deter­mined to sat­isfy his own sex­ual de­sires on an at­trac­tive and much younger woman. It was a crime of ut­ter de­prav­ity.”

He jailed Ten­ni­son for life, telling him he would serve at least 30 years be­hind bars.

After the trial, Ms Ste­wart-Whyte said: “I have re­cently been made aware of cer­tain al­le­ga­tions made about me dur­ing the trial of Ed­ward Ten­nis­wood at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court on charges of rape and mur­der.

“I can state cat­e­gor­i­cally that I have never know­ingly met this man and cer­tainly have never had any kind of re­la­tion­ship with him.”

She added: “I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend my sym­pa­thies to the fam­ily and friends of this beau­ti­ful young woman.”

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