THREE ARRESTED OVER STABBING MURDER OF NEW FOREST MOTHER

December 7 2014

– Three people were arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of a mother of five who was stabbed to death as she tended her horses in the New Forest.
One of those in custody was being held on suspicion of murdering 47-year-old Pennie Davis, who was knifed in broad daylight.
Another was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and the third with assisting an offender, Hampshire detectives said.
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Penelope Davis, pictured, was found stabbed multiple times in a field in Beaulieu, Hampshire on Tuesday +18
Penelope Davis, pictured, was found stabbed multiple times in a field in Beaulieu, Hampshire on Tuesday
The mother of five was tending to two of her horses when she was stabbed to death in broad daylight +18
The mother of five was tending to two of her horses when she was stabbed to death in broad daylight
Her husband Pete Davis, pictured leaving flowers, discovered his wife’s body when he went to look for her +18
Her husband Pete Davis, pictured leaving flowers, discovered his wife’s body when he went to look for her
Members of Pennie Davis’ family lay floral tributes near the scene where the mother-of-five was murdered +18
Members of Pennie Davis’ family lay floral tributes near the scene where the mother-of-five was murdered
Police hunt for clues to help solve New Forest murder

Mrs Davis, who had been married five times, was discovered lying in a paddock in Beaulieu on Tuesday afternoon by her husband of just four months, Pete Davis.
He was seen ‘sobbing his heart out’ next to her body.
More than 150 members of the public had responded to a police appeal for information to help find the killer.
Mrs Davis lived with her husband five miles from where she died in the village of Blackfield. She worked at a small branch of Sainsbury’s there.
Detectives admitted they faced a difficult job delving into Mrs Davis’s complex personal life, her business affairs and also her involvement as a director in several electrical companies in recent years.
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A specialist police team was searching the River Beaulieu yards from the scene for a murder weapon.
Mrs Davis’s family declined to comment on the arrests.
One woman, who said she was a family member, said: ‘We don’t want to say anything that could sabotage the inquiry.’
This weekend more than 40,000 visitors, many unaware of the investigation, flocked to the New Forest for a giant two-day Autojumble motoring fair on the Beaulieu estate nearby.
They were met with police signs appealing for witnesses.
Dozens of police officers searched a river today for a murder weapon just yards from where she stabbed +18
Dozens of police officers searched a river today for a murder weapon just yards from where she stabbed
A specialist sub-aqua team searched the River Beaulieu in a bid to find the knife used by Mrs Davis’ killer(s) +18
A specialist sub-aqua team searched the River Beaulieu in a bid to find the knife used by Mrs Davis’ killer(s)
Unfortunately, officers searching the water and nearby fields have yet to find the weapon used by the killer +18
Unfortunately, officers searching the water and nearby fields have yet to find the weapon used by the killer
Mrs Davis was discovered by her new husband Pete who is said to be distraught over his wife’s death +18
Mrs Davis was discovered by her new husband Pete who is said to be distraught over his wife’s death
Police today continued their search for the murder weapon or any other clue that could identify the killer +18
Police today continued their search for the murder weapon or any other clue that could identify the killer
Speaking at the scene, Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, said Mrs Davis had been stabbed to death +18
Speaking at the scene, Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, said Mrs Davis had been stabbed to death
News of the arrests was greeted with cautious optimism yesterday by staff at the Sainsbury’s where Mrs Davis worked.
One, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘We are all hoping there is a positive outcome. Justice must be done for this lovely woman.
‘It has been awful for such a small, close-knit community and especially her family.’
Mr Davis and his wife’s children Sophie, 20, Alex, 19, Georgia, 18, Daniel, 14, and Josef, 13, laid tributes in the field during the week.
Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, leading the team of 70 officers investigating the killing, said: ‘We have been working round the clock and we have had a fantastic reaction from the public with more than 150 calls so far.’
l A man charged with killing a great-grandmother in her London garden appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court yesterday. Nicholas Salvador, 25, of Gilda Avenue, Enfield, North London, is accused of attacking Palmira Silva, 82, with a machete at her home in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, on Thursday. Salvador did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody.
Mrs Davis, right, with her husband Pete, left, married in May on what the family described as ‘a joyful occasion’ +18
Mrs Davis, right, with her husband Pete, left, married in May on what the family described as ‘a joyful occasion’
Grieving: Pennie Davis (second left), 47, with (left to right) Pennie’s father (far left), and sons and daughter Alex, 19, Georgia, 18, Josef, 13, Sophie, 20 and Daniel, 15 +18
Grieving: Pennie Davis (second left), 47, with (left to right) Pennie’s father (far left), and sons and daughter Alex, 19, Georgia, 18, Josef, 13, Sophie, 20 and Daniel, 15
Friends said that Pennie Davis, pictured, was a keen horse woman who really enjoyed riding +18
Friends said that Pennie Davis, pictured, was a keen horse woman who really enjoyed riding
Pictured, Pennie Davis’ home in the Hampshire village of Blackfield. Her home is a short drive from the field +18
Pictured, Pennie Davis’ home in the Hampshire village of Blackfield. Her home is a short drive from the field
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A family member inspects some of the inscriptions left in the dozens of floral tributes to Mrs Davis +18
A family member inspects some of the inscriptions left in the dozens of floral tributes to Mrs Davis
Friends and relatives held each other tightly as they tried to understand what had happened on Tuesday +18
Friends and relatives held each other tightly as they tried to understand what had happened on Tuesday
Friends and family stand for a moment overlooking the site where Mrs Davis was stabbed repeatedly +18
Friends and family stand for a moment overlooking the site where Mrs Davis was stabbed repeatedly

– Richard Creasy

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