INDIA KILLER’S SICK FANTASIES ABOUT LOOKALIKE SUPERMODEL
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.”