Jurors chosen for start of Brighton double murder trial

Posted On 15 Oct 2018 at 4:41 pm
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A panel of jurors has been chosen for the trial of a Brighton man charged with killing two nine-year-old schoolgirls in 1986.

Murder victims Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway

The jurors were sent home and told to return to the Central Criminal Court – better known as the Old Bailey – tomorrow morning (Tuesday 16 October).

Twelve of them will be chosen to try 52-year-old former roofer Russell Bishop over the next six to eight weeks in court seven of the Old Bailey, in London.

Two others will effectively sit as spares in case any of the 12 men and women chosen for the trial are for any reason unable to do so.

Bishop, formerly of Stephens Road, Hollingdean, but currently in custody, is charged with the murder of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway, both from Moulsecoomb, on Thursday 9 October 1986.

The bodies of the two girls were found the next day hidden in bushes in Wild Park, Moulsecoomb.

Today (Monday 15 October) Bishop was brought before High Court judge Sir Nigel Sweeney – also known as Mr Justice Sweeney.

Bishop, who denies murder, appeared in the dock wearing a grey t-shirt as well as tracksuit trousers and trainers.

The leading counsel – or barristers – in the case are Brian Altman, prosecuting, and Joel Bennathan, defending.