Brother of mum, 33, strangled to death during sex reveals ’50 Shades’ defence ‘made losing her a million times worse’ – The Sun

THE heartbroken brother of a mum killed during sex has revealed how a "50 Shades" defence made losing her a "million times worse".

Charlotte Teeling, 33, was strangled to death by Richard Bailey during sex "for his own satisfaction".

Her body was discovered naked on a bed next to a stash of pornography – including some purchased after her death – scattered around her.

The killer had tried to claim the 33-year-old died during "rough sex" and insisted she asked to be slapped and choked hard.

But there was no evidence that the mum-of-two derived pleasure from such pain – or that she had ever asked previous partners to do similar.

Bailey was sentenced to life with a minimum of 29 years for Charlotte's murder after a jury rejected his lies.

Charlotte is one of 60 UK women who have lost their lives at the hands of men who claimed their victims consented to fatal violent sex.

Her brother Thomas Farrell, 30, told Sun Online: “It broke my heart to hear Bailey make those claims.

“It meant that in court they had to trawl through my sister’s sex life and she wasn’t there to speak out against it.

“Everyone just assumed that my sister was into stuff like that. I was so close to my sister and I knew she wasn’t like that at all.

“It made losing her a million times worse.”

Charlotte had met Bailey on a night out when he took her back to his home in Erdington, Birmingham, on March 2 last year.

After killing her, the monster used her bank cards to buy a Big Johns meal hours after her death and even slept in the same room as her body.

Thomas, a painter and decorator in Birmingham, West Mids, added: “It was just victim-blaming by Bailey so he could try and wriggle out of what he had done.
“It was heart-breaking to have to go through all that.

“Charlotte was a ten-out-of-ten girl. She was outgoing, happy and bubbly, and a really good mum.

“She was a caring person who did not deserve to die.

“That’s how she should be remembered.

“The law needs to change to protect other women who clearly don’t consent to being injured or being killed.”


He has joined calls demanding for urgent law changes to stop sex-crazed killers from palming off their crimes as "rough sex gone wrong" and pinning blame on their victims.

The number of accused men using the "50 Shades" defence – named after the hit S&M-themed franchise – has rocketed since 2000, campaigners say.

And it was thrown under the spotlight last year following the murder of Brit backpacker Grace Millane.

The 22-year-old's killer tried to argue his innocence by claiming that she died accidentally during consensual sex.

A jury saw straight through the unnamed 28-year-old's victim-blaming lies and he was jailed for life.

Other killers have tried to use the defence to swap murder convictions for softer manslaughter sentences.

Megan Bills, 17, was murdered by jobless Ashley Foster in Birmingham during a "snuff movie fantasy".

Foster, then 24, claimed she died accidentally during a sex game gone wrong.


Deaths and injuries of women in claimed "rough sex" were two a year in 1996. In 2016, there were 20 women killed or injured.

According to rights campaigners, in the last five years the defence was successful in nearly half of the killings that went to trial.

Campaigner Fiona Mackenzie has now set up the We Can't Consent to This campaign.

The pressure group collects information on men who have used the defence of sex going wrong.

She told The Sun Online: "We've found 67 people in the UK – including seven males – who have been killed in claimed sex 'gone wrong', and yet more

"Our campaign has heard from many women that they’ve been strangled during sex by men they’re dating, without consent, and in some cases that they have then been shamed for being 'vanilla' or boring for not wanting to be strangled."

According to the group, 2019 research suggested 38 per cent of women under 40 had experienced choking, spitting, gagging or slapping during otherwise consensual sex.

Fiona said: "That is 3.6m UK women. One woman told us her partner would tell their friends how much she enjoyed 'rough sex' so that – she is convinced – if she died the next time that he strangled and raped her, he would have support for his defence of a 'sex game gone wrong'."

Labour MP Harriet Harman has proposed amendments to a forthcoming bill on domestic abuse that would prevent such claims being used in court.

More than 25,000 people have also signed an online petition to parliament backing a change in the law to remove the defence.

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