Ex-girlfriend of Babes in the Wood murderer Russell Bishop accused of lying at his trial in 1987 – The Sun

Ex-girlfriend of Babes in the Wood murderer Russell Bishop accused of lying at his trial in 1987 – The Sun

May 29, 2020

THE ex-girlfriend of Babes in the Wood murderer Russell Bishop appeared in court yesterday accused of lying at his trial in 1987.

Jennifer Johnson, 54, is accused of making a false statement by telling the jury a blue sweatshirt was not his. She is charged with intending to pervert justice.


Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, both 9, were sexually assaulted and strangled in a woodland den in Brighton in October 1986Johnson, of Brighton, did not enter a plea before city JPs and is due in court next month.

Her ex, 54, was cleared of sexually assaulting and strangling Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, both nine, in a woodland den near Brighton.

Karen and Nicola were nine years old when they were found sexually assaulted and strangled in a woodland den in Brighton in October 1986.

Bishop, who was 20 at the time, was put on trial for murder the following year but was controversially acquitted.

Within three years he went on to kidnap, molest and attempt to strangle a seven-year-old girl, leaving her for dead at Devil's Dyke, a beauty spot near Brighton.
While serving life for attempted murder for that offence, Bishop was ordered to face a fresh trial in light of a DNA breakthrough.
He got life after the double-jeopardy law changed in 2003. It followed a DNA breakthrough.




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