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article imageLevi Bellfield murder trial – day three

By Alexander Baron     May 12, 2011 in Crime
A short report on the ongoing trial of convicted murderer Levi Bellfield for the 2002 murder of a thirteen year old girl in Surrey.
The trial of convicted murderer Levi Bellfield continued today, but instead of sitting in the courtroom the jurors, judge, and all participants in the proceedings – including Bellfield himself – were taken to Walton-on-Thames in Surrey under police escort to view the streets from which the victim disappeared.
Although this was no tourist excursion, Bellfield made the most of his illusion of freedom, because this is likely to be the closest he will ever come to breathing fresh air again, even if he lives to be a hundred. Whatever the outcome of this trial he will be returned to a high security prison, probably HMP Wakefield (the Monster Mansion) in the North of England, where he will spend the rest of his days.
Bellfield is accused of the March 2002 kidnap and murder of thirteen year old Amanda (Millie) Dowler, and the attempted kidnap of another schoolgirl. He has pleaded not guilty to all these charges, and is entitled to the presumption of innocence, but three years ago he was rightly convicted of the brutal and senseless murders of two young women, and the attempted murder of a third.
Although there is such a thing as overkill even with security, the authorities were taking no chances with a prisoner as dangerous as Bellfield. After being transported to Walton-on-Thames by prison van, he was allowed to walk freely in the sunshine surrounded by four police officers and four prison guards while shackled to a fifth guard and also wearing two sets of handcuffs. The fifty strong contingent – still officially a court in session – also visited Bellfield’s former flat. A court stenographer was present to take down any questions jurors might have. There was also a heavy media presence. The excursion lasted until just before 2pm when Bellfield was returned to his prison van, and the jury of seven men and five women to their bus.
The case continues tomorrow, Friday, and is expected to last for up to a further seven weeks.
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