David Oakes Jailed For Murdering Former Partner Christine Chambers And Their Daughter Shania

PA  |  Posted: 11/05/2012 15:29 Updated: 11/05/2012 15:29   PA

A man was jailed for life today for shooting dead his former partner and their two-year-old daughter.

David Oakes, 50, went to Christine Chambers' house in Braintree, Essex, where he subjected her to "degrading assaults" before blasting her and their daughter Shania with a shotgun last June.

Today at Chelmsford Crown Court a jury of seven men and six women found Oakes, of Canney Road, Steeple, Essex, guilty of two counts of murder after nearly nine hours of deliberation.

Mr Justice Fulford ordered Oakes to serve a whole life sentence for the "sadistic" killings, meaning he will never be released from prison.

He said: "These tragic and needless deaths occurred in deeply shocking circumstances.

"A bullying and controlling man, who had frequently inflicted violence on Miss Chambers during the six years of their relationship, killed his ex-partner and their young daughter simply because he knew she could not bear to be with him and wished to start a new life."

The judge added that Miss Chambers "carried not a shred of blame" for what happened.

"Instead of thinking of his daughter who he has claimed to love, he concentrated on himself alone and most particularly his desire for revenge and his determination that no other man was going to be Christine's partner or act as Shania's father," the judge added.

"He resolved that, if the family was at an end, that they would pay for leaving him with their lives and that their last hours of live would be terrifying and, in the case of Christine Chambers, extremely painful."

The judge said Oakes "planned the deaths in elaborate detail" and took with him a series of implements to inflict pain on Miss Chambers.

He made her beg and proclaim her love for him while at the same time "torturing" her, the judge added.

Miss Chambers' family wept as the judge said: "Shania would have witnessed her mother's gravely injured state and heard her cries for help. She would have seen the appalling injuries to her mother.

"That little girl must have been terrified.

"He then put the shotgun against her head and pulled the trigger.

"No decent, civilised human being could ever describe that as being the result of love."

Oakes did not appear in court to be sentenced.

Richard Connolly, in mitigation, said his client's absence for the verdict and sentencing was "not intended to show disrespect to the court, jury or the verdicts that have been passed".

He added prison guards had been concerned for Oakes's safety because he "expressed emotions" which made them fear he may harm himself.

Andrew Jackson, junior prosecution counsel, read an excerpt from a statement by Miss Chambers' family.

It said: "The tragic loss of Chrissie and Shania has deeply impacted on all of our everyday lives.

"No parents should have to outlive their child, let alone grandchild."

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  • Christine Chambers and her two-year-old daughter Shania

  • Undated Essex Police handout photo of the drill that David Oakes used on himself after he killed his partner Christine Chambers and their two-year-old daughter Shania.

  • Undated Essex Police handout photo of the shotgun used by David Oakes to kill his partner Christine Chambers and their two-year-old daughter Shania.

  • Christine Chambers and her two-year-old daughter Shania.

  • David Oakes

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