A horror film fanatic allegedly murdered and dismembered a woman after he lured her back from the pub to his “flat of horrors.”
Coventry Crown Court was told Maynard-Ellis and Leesley allegedly killed the woman before leaving their home to hide parts of her body along the canal.
Maynard-Ellis and Leesley both deny murder, while Maynard-Ellis also denies four counts of rape relating to historical allegations made by a woman after his arrest.
Prosecuting, Karim Khalil QC, urged jurors to act dispassionately given the especially gruesome allegations in the case.
He told the court: “The prosecution case can be stated quite shortly – for many years Maynard-Elllis has harboured dark thoughts that have focused mainly on the sexual assault of women and their violent killing.
“He has shown a particular interest in certain themes involving serial killers and the dismemberment of bodies.
“His boyfriend, David Leesley, knew of these interests, since their flat was full of printed materials, DVDs and videos about serial killers and the violent sexual abuse of women.”
Mr Khalil added: “Julia Rawson was killed in their flat – but that wasn’t enough for these two men.
“Her body was then dismembered. Each body part was put into black plastic bags.
“The two men then left the flat, carrying those body parts in plastic bags, and they walked casually along the nearby canal, where they found places in the undergrowth to hide the bags.”
In the house, which Mr Khalil called a house of horrors, snakes and reptiles slithered in tanks, with swords and spiders mounted to the wall.
Gory face masks from horror films Maynard-Ellis used to watch were also in the flat, as well as a model of somebody holding a knife.
After showing jurors photographs of the lounge, the prosecutor added: “That gives you a sense of what confronted Julia Rawson when she went up into that flat.
“More disturbing perhaps, and entirely hidden from her view, was the mental make-up of the man with whom she had just arrived.
“For years, he had been addicted to thoughts of the violent sexualised killing of women.”
The jury heard Maynard-Ellis had collected newspaper clippings and books about serial killers, and films featuring decapitation and necrophilia.
He had also been seen by psychiatrists about his sexually violent fantasies, Mr Khalil told the court.