Friday, June 24, 2011

David Oakes 'shot dead ex-partner and daughter before turning gun on himself' appears before court with huge facial wound - 24th June 2011

A father accused of shooting dead his ex-partner and daughter before turning the gun on himself appeared in court today.

David Oakes, 50, is accused of murdering Christine Chambers, 38, and Shania, two, who were found dead in their home in Braintree, Essex.

The suspect - who apparently shot himself in the head - had a large facial wound and struggled to speak as he confirmed his name, date of birth and address.

He had been held under police guard in hospital since the incident and was charged this morning over the killings on June 6.

Miss Chambers’ daughter Chelsea, ten, apparently fled the home as her mother and half sister were killed.

Oakes, who was wearing a dark suit, did not enter a plea to the two counts of murder as he appeared before Colcester Magistrates' Court.

There was a large media presence as he arrived in the back of a Ford Galaxy police car.

The alleged killer had a 12inch synthetic foam bandage covering his left cheek with large black stitching holding it it place.

A smaller piece of foam bandage could be seen on the left of his chin.
His left eye was swollen slightly and appeared to be partially closed.

Oakes sat flanked by two police officers during the two-minute hearing.

The court was called to rise and Oakes climbed unsteadily to his feet, using his right hand to grip the left arm of the officer who was stood to his side.

A black tattooed snake could be seen on his left hand as six police officers stood at the back of the court room.

The clerk of the court asked Oakes to confirm his name and date of birth.
He said: 'You are charged with the murder of Christine Chambers and the murder of Shania Chambers contrary to common law.

He asked: 'Do you understand?' Oakes mumbled ‘Yes’.

The clerk continued: 'Are both parties ready for the case to be sent to the crown court?' Russell Halndane, for Oakes, said there would be no application for bail when the case reaches Chelmsford Crown Court. Read More