A convicted paedophile has denied murdering two nine-year-old ladies, saying he was “bullied” into making a false account by “nasty” police.

Russell Bishop, 52, is on trial for the second time over the deaths of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway.

The ladies had been sexually assaulted and strangled in a den in Wild Park, Brighton, in October 1986.

Bishop, a former roofer, was cleared of their murders in 1987.

However inside three years he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the kidnap, sexual assault and tried homicide of a seven-year-old woman at Satan’s Dyke on the South Downs.

He was ordered to face trial on the Outdated Bailey for the killings of Nicola and Karen in mild of recent forensic proof linking him to the women.

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


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

Giving proof, Bishop stated he feared he could be blamed when he joined the search to seek out the women on 10 October 1986.

He informed jurors: “There was a number of issues that led to that form of considering.

“A few years earlier than this I used to be wrongfully arrested for the Grand Resort bombing in Brighton.”

The courtroom additionally heard how Bishop’s father was wrongly arrested over the unsolved homicide of native lady Margaret Body who was buried in a shallow grave.

Bishop stated his “previous man” had even warned him “do not get entangled” earlier than he set off to affix the search.

When two 18-year-olds discovered the women’ our bodies, Bishop stated he was informed to maintain folks away from the scene in Wild Park.

He stated: “The younger man sitting down stated he didn’t know whether or not they had been asleep or lifeless.

“I went straight to the victims, felt for a pulse, neck on Nicola and Karen on the fitting arm.”

Bishop informed jurors he felt “shocked, completely sickened”.

A memorial tree stands in Wild Park where the girls' bodies were found


A memorial tree stands in Wild Park the place the women’ our bodies had been discovered

He later modified his account to suit what the youngsters had stated throughout a 13-hour lengthy police interview with out a solicitor.

“I began getting all annoyed, confused, tied up in knots,” Bishop stated.

He claimed officers confirmed him footage of the lifeless ladies and the realm the place they had been discovered.

Joel Bennathan QC, defending, stated: “By the top of this course of you signed a witness assertion that stated you didn’t take the heartbeat of the women.”

Bishop stated he informed officers “what they wished to listen to”.

“It was apparent they weren’t going to imagine me over what these two boys had been saying,” he stated.

“I used to be being referred to as a liar. They’d been downright nasty. I used to be being saved a prisoner.

“I used to be having two cops bullying and completely destroying me in that room.

“I am dyslexic and I couldn’t learn or write. I had poor problem-solving abilities. It was the one means I used to be going to get out of there.”

Bishop appeared emotional as he informed jurors he didn’t kill the women and didn’t know who did.

Russell Bishop pictured in about 1988 after he was acquitted of the murders of Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows


Russell Bishop pictured in about 1988

He admitted to seeing the women from a distance in Wild Park on the day of their disappearance, however made a stop-off on the best way house for a “small quantity of hashish”.

Police referred to as to his home at 2.30am asking if he might assist with the lacking ladies.

Bishop earlier stated he felt “deeply ashamed” for abducting a youthful woman in 1990, including that he was “in a foul state” after his first homicide trial.

He informed how he almost threw himself and his kids off Beachy Head as he struggled to deal with the fallout.

He stated: “I drove to Beachy Head. I had my kids with me, ending my life and my kids’s life. I simply couldn’t bear all of it.”

Bishop denies two counts of homicide. The trial continues.

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