The daddy of a younger woman murdered together with her good friend 32 years in the past broke down in tears as he denied being concerned in her sexual abuse and loss of life.

Barrie Fellows was known as to offer proof on Tuesday within the re-trial of Russell Bishop for the murders of nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway.

They disappeared whereas enjoying close to their properties in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, in October 1986 earlier than their our bodies have been discovered the next day on the South Downs in Wild Park.

Bishop, 52, was acquitted of the murders in 1987 however was ordered to face trial once more after new proof was unearthed following advances in DNA testing.

He has denied two costs of homicide.

His defence workforce has pointed the finger at Nicola’s father, Mr Fellows, saying police spent 32 years investigating the mistaken man.

However Mr Fellows instructed jurors on Tuesday he took police to go searching Wild Park as a result of it was his daughter’s “favorite” spot.

He stated he had banned Nicola from the park after darkish, even telling her the “bogeyman” lived there, and denied realizing she had a camp or “secret den” on the website.

Russell Bishop is facing trial for the second time over the murders. Pic: Sussex Police


Russell Bishop is dealing with trial for the second time over the murders. Pic: Sussex Police

Joel Bennathan QC, representing Bishop, requested Mr Fellows: “Had been you get together to Nicola being filmed in a pornographic video, Mr Fellows?”

Mr Fellows stated: “No.”

The lawyer went on: “Had been you something to do together with her loss of life?”

Mr Fellows appeared near tears as he once more replied: “No.”

Nicola’s father stated he was cleansing a swimming pool and gardening at a home in Hove the day the ladies went lacking.

He got here again house on the bus through the butchers to choose up some ham for supper and stopped on the close by home of Theresa Judd, together with her brother-in-law Dougie Judd who was a lodger of the Fellows’, he stated.

The lawyer urged there was an hour lacking in his alibi, and requested if Mr Fellows went to Wild Park earlier than he went house, which he denied.

“You are attempting to mislead me, sir. It isn’t occurring,” Mr Fellows stated.

He admitted giving Nicola a “thick ear” as soon as and threatening to “chop her fingers off” when she was suspected at college of stealing.

Russell Bishop in 1988 and 2018


Russell Bishop in 1988 and 2018

Requested about breaking his great-grandmother-in-law’s nostril, Mr Fellows stated: “The police didn’t wish to take it any additional. I swung round and didn’t see her, critically, sir.

“I don’t intentionally punch previous girls on the nostril.”

He was additionally requested why he instructed Karen’s mom, Michelle, that her daughter had been “within the mistaken place on the mistaken time”.

Mr Fellows stated: “I most likely did say that sure – so was Nicola within the mistaken place on the mistaken time. They need to not even be in Wild Park. That they had been banned from the park at nighttime.”

Bishop’s attorneys then pressed him on how arduous it was to establish his daughter’s physique within the morgue, at which level Mr Fellows began to cry.

“It isn’t good going to the clinically-white room. It is tough speaking about it anyway. I walked in there and there was a sheet over my little woman as much as the neck,” he stated.

He added that he had requested if he was allowed to offer her her “pocket cash” earlier than placing 50p into her hand.

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC stated it was being urged that Mr Fellows sexually abused his daughter and Karen, punched Nicola within the face and killed the pair.

An emotional Mr Fellows stated he understood.

The attorneys urged his lodger on the time, Mr Judd, was filmed having intercourse with Nicola and was having an “improper relationship” together with her.

He stated on Tuesday this was “complete lies” and the primary time he heard the allegation he thought it was a “wind-up”.

No costs have been ever introduced in opposition to Mr Fellows or Mr Judd.

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