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article imageLevi Bellfield murder trial – day seven

By Alexander Baron     May 18, 2011 in Crime
A report on day seven of the trial of Levi Bellfield for attempted kidnapping, kidnapping and murder. Yesterday the mother of Amanda Dowler testified; today the court heard from her older sister and a schoolfriend.
The trial of Levi Bellfield for the attempted kidnapping of schoolgirl Rachel Cowles and the kidnap and murder of Amanda (Milly) Dowler continued today in Court 8 at the Central Criminal Court. The incident involving Rachel Cowles was extremely brief, and most of the rest of the trial will be concerned with the disappearance and death of the tragic thirteen year old. There is no doubt this incident happened because it was reported at the time, March 20, 2002; Bellfield’s defence is likely to be that it is a case of mistaken identity that has led to his sitting in the dock. Yesterday it became clear that the defence strategy regarding the kidnap and murder charge is that the victim may not have been murdered but died by her own hand. Amanda Dowler’s skeletal remains were found six months after she disappeared, and two autopsies were unable to determine the cause of death.
Today, Gemma Dowler, Milly’s older sister was in court but did not take the stand, instead her contemporaneous witness statement was read to the jury.
One person who did testify was Danielle Sykes, a friend of Milly who told how she and her sister ate chips with Milly on their way home from school shortly before she disappeared. Miss Sykes said there was nothing in Milly’s demeanour that led her to believe she would not see her at school the next day.
The case continues tomorrow.
Bellfield has already been convicted of two unrelated murders, and has been told he will never be released. He is being tried because the legal authorities believe there is a public interest in what began initially as a missing person inquiry and remains one of Britain’s most notorious unsolved murders.
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