Thursday, April 19, 2012

David Oakes forced his ex-partner to strip and cut her hair before shooting her and daughter, 2, dead'... then turned gun on himself but survived

A father fuelled by jealousy shot his former partner and their two-year-old daughter hours before they were due to go to court over custody of the child, a jury was told.

David Oakes, 50, subjected Christine Chambers to a three-hour ‘degrading assault’ in which he forced her to strip and cut out clumps of her own hair after telling her ‘If I can’t have you, then no one can’, the court heard.

The former bouncer killed Miss Chambers, 38, and two-year-old Shania before he turned the gun on himself but survived a blast to his face, Chelmsford Crown Court was told.

Miss Chambers’ other daughter, who was ten and also in the house in Braintree, Essex, ran for help after fleeing from a window.

Orlando Pownall QC, prosecuting, said: ‘Fuelled by jealousy, frustrated by the fact his relationship with Christine Chambers was over and that he would only, in the future, have limited access to Shania, deemed that he would kill them and kill himself.’ Read More