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Convicted paedophile convicted on retrial following DNA breakthrough
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – 12:06pm
A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of murdering two nine-year-olds, nicknamed the Babes in the Wood, three decades after he was acquitted of the crime.
A jury at the Old Bailey found Russell Bishop, 52, who is already serving a life sentence for the kidnap and assault of a seven-year-old girl in a separate attack, guilty of murdering Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway.
The bodies of the nine-year-old friends were found in Brighton’s Wild Park nature reserve on 10 October 1986, the day after they vanished while out playing. Both had been sexually assaulted and strangled.
Suspicion fell on local roofer Bishop, who had joined the search parties combing the area for the missing girls and was “among the first on the scene” when their bodies were found, says the BBC.
Bishop, then 20, knew the Fellows family through a lodger who lived with them and, when interviewed by police, he “gave himself away with detailed accounts that only the killer could have given”, says The Times.
Bishop maintained his innocence, claiming he had been harangued by officers into making false incriminating statements in his original interviews.
In December 1987, a jury concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to convict Bishop.
“Police still remember how he became a ‘cause celebre’, fighting for ‘justice’ for the schoolgirls after his acquittal,” says the BBC.
Retired detective inspector Malcolm Bacon said: “He was walking round, fronting marches, trying to find out who the ‘real person’ was who had killed the girls.” Nonetheless, “it was pretty obvious at that particular time that he was responsible”, said Bacon.
Three years after his acquittal, police suspicions intensified when Bishop was convicted of a brutal sex attack on a seven-year-old girl at Devil’s Dyke on the South Downs.
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Source:: The Week – All news