Jury retires to consider verdict in Russell Bishop murder trial | The Argus

Jury retires to consider verdict in Russell Bishop murder trial Jury retires to consider verdict in Russell Bishop murder trial Jurors have retired to consider verdicts in the trial of a convicted paedophile accused of murdering two schoolgirls 32 years ago. Russell Bishop was just 20 years old when he allegedly molested and strangled nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway . The girls' bodies were found in a woodland den in Wild Park, Brighton, on October 10 1986. Bishop was found not guilty of the killings following a trial at Lewes Crown Court in 1987. Less than three years later, he was convicted of the kidnap, sex assault and attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl and jailed for life. He was ordered to stand trial for the so-called Babes in the Wood murders for a second time in light of new forensic evidence. Former roofer Bishop, now 52, has denied two counts of murder. The girls' families sat in court at the Old Bailey as Mr Justice Sweeney summed up the evidence from Bishop's eight-week trial. The jury was sent out to deliberate on its verdicts at 12.21pm on Monday.



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