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 DAVID OAKES

 


Name:

David Robert Oakes

AKA:

 

D.O.B:

1962
Kill Total:

2

Kill date:

May 2011

Kill Place:

Braintree, Essex

Status:

Single

Occupation:

Bouncer
Victim:

Christine Chambers

Shania Chambers

D.O.B:

Christine - 1973  Shania - 2008

 


 

Court:

Chelmsford Crown
Case No: (T20117205)

Judge:

Mr Justice Fulford

Prosecution:

Orlando Pownall QC

Defence:

Nigel Lithman QC


 

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FACTFILE

 

Oakes met mother of four, Christine Chamber in 2005, they set up home together, but the relationship was violent.

He was once seen be neighbours, chasing her in a car as he attempted to run her over. On another occasion, he dragged Christine out of a house by her hair.

 

21st April 2011, Christine was granted a non-molestation order. The order banned Oakes, who lived on a caravan park in Steeple, near Maldon, Essex, from coming within 100 metres of the family home at Bartram Avenue, Braintree, Essex.

 

3rd June 2011, After a not very harmonious separation, Oakes visited his former family home.

Oakes told Miss Chambers: "I won't let anyone else have her (Shania). I won't let anybody else be called daddy by my daughter."

 

5th June 2011, Due in court later the next day for a custody hearing, Oakes let himself into the house in Steeple, Essex. just before midnight. He had a bag containing a shotgun and cartridges, an axe and some petrol, he was also on cocaine and had been drinking.

 

6th June 2011, After a violent row Oakes subjected his ex-partner, Christine Chambers to a horrific sexual assault over about 3 hours before he shot her at point blank range, 3 times, he then shot their 2-year-old daughter, Shania Chambers, also at point blank range.

Oakes then attempted to shoot himself, when discovered he had gunshot wounds to the face, but survived.

 

Miss Chambers' 10-year-old daughter - Shania's half-sister - witnessed the attacks but managed to escape out of a bedroom window to her father's house close by.

 

When arrested he claimed that he and Christine had argued and fought and that the gun went off accidentally.

 

18th April 2012, At Chelmsford Crown Court Oakes denied two counts of murder.

 

Thursday 10th May 2012, The Judge does his summing up and the jury retires to consider a verdict.

 

Friday 11th May 2012,  Jury delivered a unanimous verdict, Oakes found guilty of double murder.

 

Oakes sentenced to two whole life sentences.

He was not in court to hear the verdict or sentence at his own choice.

This put Oakes on the Home Office list of prisoners NEVER to be released, see list here >>

 

12th February 2013, Oakes, Who was being held at HMP Frankland in Durham, was transferred to hospital where he later died from suspected natural causes.

 

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