Birmingham man Richard Bailey has today (12/09) been sentenced to 29 years imprisonment after being found guilty of murdering of 33-year-old Charlotte Teeling, after meeting her on a night out.
Charlotte is thought to have been strangled by 41-year-old Bailey at a hostel on Cooksey Lane, Kingstanding sometime on Friday 23 February this year after she met him in the early hours of the morning and went back to his address.
On 26 February, West Mercia Police appealed for information after Charlotte failed to return to a women’s refuge in Worcester, following a weekend in Birmingham.
CCTV led officers to Birmingham city centre, showing Charlotte leaving a night club and wandering the streets on her own. She was later seen in a Select & Save on Hill Street, where Bailey spotted her and made his approach. This is believed to be the first time the two met.
A short time later, the pair are seen on CCTV making their way across town and getting in a taxi and heading towards Bailey’s address. This was the last time Charlotte was seen alive.
On 2 March, four days after she was reported missing, officers made a gruesome discovery, when Charlotte’s half naked body was found on Bailey’s bed but he was no-where to be seen.
In the early hours of the following morning, Bailey was arrested at a home of an ex-partner in Coventry, where he was attempting to re-kindle his romance upon hearing police were after him.
A post mortem examination revealed that Charlotte died from a compression injury to her neck in line with that of suffocation or strangulation.
Bailey denied murdering Charlotte, stating that at her request, he strangled her during sex, but ‘not that hard’. He told officers it wasn’t until he noticed her body was limp that he realised she had died.
Failing to notify emergency services, Bailey continued to sleep in the room with Charlotte’s body for days and even used her bank cards to buy a Big Johns meal in the hours after her death.
Today at Birmingham Crown Court, Bailey has been found guilty of murder and will be sentenced on Wednesday.
Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from force CID and who led the investigation, said: “Charlotte was a loving mother, daughter and sister. She was a caring person who did not deserve to die in these circumstances.
“I hope that her family and friends feel some sense of justice following today’s result at court. Despite this outcome we all know that it will not bring Charlotte back to the place where she belongs.
“Bailey was a manipulative individual and I do not agree with any suggestion that this was a sex game that went wrong. A game would imply that there were rules and fairness for all participants.
“This was not a game. It was not fair. Bailey took control of the situation and of Charlotte from the moment they met in the early hours of the morning. He took her back to his home and during sexual activity he killed her.
“At the very least he had the intention of causing Charlotte very serious harm and he has therefore quite rightly been found guilty of her murder.
“I would like to thank all of the witnesses who attended court… this was a traumatic case for all of those involved.
“Charlotte’s family have been very brave in spite of having to listen to some very disturbing evidence. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to them and wish them all the very best as they try to rebuild their lives.”