A convicted paedophile has admitted to a courtroom he sexually attacked a seven-year-old lady, however denied murdering two nine-year-olds in 1986.

Russell Bishop, 52, is on trial accused of sexually assaulting, strangling and killing Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows in Wild Park, Brighton, on 9 October 1986.

When he entered the witness stand on the Previous Bailey, the primary query he was requested by his defence barrister, Joel Bennathan QC, was: “Did you kill Karen Hadaway?”

Bishop replied: “Err, no I didn’t.”

The second query was: “Did you kill Nicola Fellows?”

Bishop answered: “No I didn’t, no.”

The jury has been heard that after a trial in December 1987, Bishop was acquitted of murdering the 2 women.

He’s going through a second trial, nonetheless, after new DNA proof got here to gentle and the Attraction Court docket quashed the 1987 acquittal.

The courtroom has additionally heard that in 1990, three years after he was acquitted, Bishop kidnapped a seven-year-old lady, sexually assaulted her and left her for lifeless at a Sussex magnificence spot.

When Mr Bennathan requested him whether or not he had been given a life sentence for this offence, Mr Bishop replied: “I’m ashamed to say I used to be, sure.”

When requested whether or not he had lied in courtroom throughout his 1990 trial, Bishop admitted: “I didn’t inform the reality in any method, form or type.”

Accepting the agreed info of the 1990 case, he added: “I settle for was has been mentioned.  I really feel deeply ashamed.”

He claimed he had been in “a nasty, unhealthy state” on the time of his 1990 crime, and on the day in query he discovered the brake traces of his automotive had been minimize for what he advised the jury was in regards to the eighth or ninth time since he walked free from courtroom on the finish of the 1987 trial.

Instantly earlier than abducting the lady, he mentioned, he had been in a “wild mood” as a result of he had damage himself whereas altering the wheel of his automotive.

As he defended himself towards claims he murdered Karen and Nicola in 1986, Bishop insisted he had checked the 2 women’ pulses to verify they had been lifeless after they had been present in an ivy-covered den within the park.

Requested in regards to the declare made by one of many two younger males who discovered the our bodies that he by no means entered the den, he replied: “That’s incorrect. That’s a lie.”

The trial continues.


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