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Lesbian sex fantasy that led to murder; FROM THE ARCHIVES.

Byline: Edward Chadwick

EVIL killer Gavin Taylor should have been more careful of what he wished for.

The smooth-talking barman was desperate to act out a three-in-abed sex fantasy and pestered his younger lover for months.

So keen was thuggish Taylor on the racy bedroom game that when his pleas fell on deaf ears, he threatened her with violence.

It was a hallmark of a brutal relationship that had begun three years earlier. Naive Natalie Clayton-Robson, then aged just 16, had been impressed with the attention of a man nine years her senior.

If he wanted his own way, Taylor would simply revert to the bullying nature that lurked beneath his charming exterior - all in the misguided belief that Natalie would stay loyal.

Fragile Natalie stood by her boyfriend, despite regular beatings and verbal abuse. Within a year of their meeting, she had given birth to their child.

In early 2000 however, he pushed his luck too far, and plunged the couple into a tangle of lesbian sex, jealousy and ultimately, a murder which remains shrouded in mystery to this day.

Their love life had taken a fateful turn at Christmas 1999, when they went for a drink at the Greenwood Tree pub in Kings Norton.

It was there they met Herjit Thethy, a housing officer with Birmingham City Council.

She was tall, confident, elegant and lived an openly lesbian lifestyle, which had led her to be disowned by her strict Sikh parents. Initially the only attraction was Taylor's lust for Herjit, known as H to friends.

Knowing that their new friend had an appetite for racy sex, he badgered Natalie for a threesome for weeks until his persistence finally paid off.

Thrill-seeking Taylor was delighted when he was granted his wish - but the excitement of the sexual experiment was shortlived.

As soon as they got to the bedroom, one night in January 2000, it became clear Herjit and Natalie only had eyes for each other.

Rejected by the pair and feeling humiliated, he kicked Natalie out as soon at it became clear that his plans to see his sex game acted out had backfired.

By then, Natalie was pregnant was Taylor's second child, and she moved in with Herjit at her Kings Norton flat.

The following weeks passed happily for the fledgling couple. But their settled existence didn't last.

Desperate to win his girlfriend back, Gavin would spend nights on end hammering on their front door, pleading with Natalie to return to him.

Seething Taylor only grew more furious at the break-up of the relationship - and his pleas soon turned to fury.

HE had controlled downtrodden Natalie for years and left her confidence in tatters - but now Herjit had become her saviour and made her realise there was more to life than being with a bully.

After realising that she his exlover was never coming back, Taylor's pleading for a reconciliation vanished and was replaced with his naked aggression. First, he broke a window and then he punched a hole in the door.

On another occasion he set upon Herjit in the street, leaving her with cuts and bruises.

He also kidnapped and killed her cat during a ten-month campaign of intimidation and violence.

In total, Taylor was arrested five times for assault and criminal damage over the next few months. But he never faced any serious punishment, as the complaints were dismissed as the signs of a lovers' tiff.

Determined that he would never split them up, Herjit had a panic button installed in her home in Hockley, where she had fled with Natalie to try and escape Taylor.

In November 2000, Natalie visited her mother for the weekend, and gave Taylor the opportunity he had been waiting for.

While Herjit was out shopping, he broke into her flat and lay in wait, armed with a washing line.

By then, Taylor had started a relationship with another young woman - Melanie Burgess from Castle Vale.

He returned to her home several hours later and told Melanie that Herjit was dead.

Melanie went with him to Hockley and saw Herjit's body lying under a skip in the basement of an adjoining block of flats.

She helped him lift the body into the skip which was later emptied. It has never been found.

The body was either burned in the Tyseley Incinerator in Birmingham, or covered beneath a mountain of rubbish at the Packington tip at Meriden.

Three months later, after she became the next victim of Taylor's violent bullying, Melanie summoned up the courage to go to the police and tell them everything that had happened.

Taylor had kept her quiet until then by threatening to kill her, too, if she shopped him.

He also told her she would end up in jail for unlawfully disposing of a body.

In the event, she was granted immunity from prosecution in return for giving evidence against Taylor.

WITH his luck running out fast, Taylor tried to cheat justice by claiming Natalie had killed her.

He said the apparently happy lesbian couple were, in fact, always fighting and that Natalie was trying to ditch her and start a new life. However, the jury took little more than 70 minutes to unanimously convict Taylor, who was aged 29 at the time.

Sentencing him to life imprisonment in October 2001, Mr Justice Keith said: 'No-one will ever know for sure how Herjit Thethy died or what you did to her - but by their verdict, the jury have made it clear that she died at your hands in circumstances amounting to murder.' Natalie later married Tarquin Fallon, a forklift truck driver who she met after moving back to Wales. The couple had a baby girl.

Convicted - though body never found

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Confident: Herjit Thethy, known as 'H', helped her lover leave violent Taylor. Mystery: The body of Herjit Thethy was dumped and could have been taken to Tyseley Incinerator.
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