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article imageLevi Bellfield murder trial – day two

By Alexander Baron     May 11, 2011 in Crime
A short report on the second day of the trial of Levi Bellfield at the Central Criminal Court for the 2002 murder of a 13-year-old girl.
The trial of convicted murderer Levi Bellfield continued at the Central Criminal Court today as Crown Prosecutor Brian Altman QC continued to outline the case against the accused.
In February 2008, Bellfield was convicted of the murders of two young women, and the attempted murder of schoolgirl Kate Sheedy; he was gaoled for life. Subsequently, Surrey Police built a case against him for the 2002 murder of 13 year old Amanda (Millie) Dowler; in March last year, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that Bellfield had been charged with her abduction and murder, and with the attempted abduction of another schoolgirl, Rachel Cowles.
The jury was further told how Bellfield had rented a flat literally yards from the spot where Amanda was last seen alive, and which looked out on to the very road from which she had disappeared. Bellfield and his girlfriend were house-sitting in West London, but he returned to their apartment in Collingwood Place between "3-4am" telling her he wanted a lie-in.
Mr Altman said the reason for his return was to dispose of the victim’s body and clean up.
Records showed that Bellfield's mobile phone had been silent for nine and a half hours overnight, which was ample time to drive to Yateley Heath Woods where the skeletal remains of the murdered girl were found six months later.
Fifteen year old Katherine Laynes was the last person to see her alive. She made eye contact with her moments before she vanished.
The trial continues, and is expected to last up to eight weeks.
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