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Friend of murdered girl’s father denies giving false alibi

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A friend of a murdered girl’s father has “sworn 100%” that she never gave a false alibi for him.

Teresa Judd was accused of lying to police to cover up for Barrie Fellows on the evening that his daughter Nicola and her friend Karen Hadaway were killed on 9 October 1986.

She gave evidence on Wednesday in the re-trial of convicted paedophile Russell Bishop for the murders of the two nine-year-olds.

They disappeared while playing near their homes in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, before their bodies were found the following day on the South Downs in Wild Park.

Bishop, 52, was acquitted of the murders in 1987 but was ordered to stand trial again after new evidence was unearthed following advances in DNA testing.

He has denied two charges of murder.

Russell Bishop is facing trial for the second time over the murders. Pic: Sussex Police
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Russell Bishop is on trial for the second time over the murders. Pic: Sussex Police

His defence team has pointed the finger at Nicola’s father, Mr Fellows, claiming he had an hour missing in his alibi, had been violent towards Nicola in the past and was involved in her and Karen’s sexual abuse.

Mr Fellows broke down in tears on Tuesday as he denied being involved in his daughter’s murder, or an alleged sex tape she was said to have featured in.

Mrs Judd, now known as Mrs Talmey, told jurors at the Old Bailey she was friends with the families of both girls and was the sister-in-law of Dougie Judd, who was lodging with the Fellows.

On the evening the girls went missing she said Mr Fellows and Mr Judd dropped by her home in Moulsecoomb after work.

Her husband, Steve Judd, was away working with Karen’s late father Lee Hadaway in the Manchester area, she said.

Barrie Fellows, father of Nicola, broke down in court as he was accused of murdering and sexually abusing her in 1986
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Barrie Fellows, father of Nicola, broke down in court as he was accused of murdering and sexually abusing her in 1986

She said Mr Fellows stayed for about 20 minutes then returned later that evening when the girls failed to return home, giving her £5 and a packet of cigarettes.

Joel Bennathan QC, for Bishop, said: “32 years ago, did Barrie Fellows ask you to give him a false alibi for the first of those two visits?”

Mrs Judd denied it.

Asked why she failed to mention the first of Mr Fellows’ visits that evening to police on house-to-house inquiries, she said: “I already told police.”

Russell Bishop pictured in about 1988 after he was acquitted of the murders of Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows
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Russell Bishop pictured in about 1988 after he was acquitted of the murders of Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows

She was then asked about a visit from police last year, when they asked if she remembered her statement from 1986.

Mr Bennathan said: “The police came round to speak to you and also speak to your ex-husband, because what they were investigating was this: that your ex-husband had said you had confessed to him you had given Barrie a false alibi.”

Mrs Talmey replied: “Load of rubbish, that is definitely not true.”

The barrister alleged she had phoned her ex-husband before telling police she had been “racking” her brains and recalled things differently.

He said she told officers Mr Fellows and her brother-in-law had spoken to her “briefly through the front window” as they walked past her house but Mrs Talmey said they came into her house and stood by her living room door.

“I speak to my ex-husband every single day, I have done since I divorced him,” she told the court.

“I’m not speaking on the phone ‘blah blah’ like that. He phoned me virtually every day.

“I only phoned police once to say I’m sticking with my statement because you have got 30 years and my original statement must be the correct statement.”

A memorial tree stands in Wild Park where the girls' bodies were found
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A memorial tree stands in Wild Park where the girls’ bodies were found

Mr Bennathan told her she had been left in a “terrible position” by “saying he spent time at your house when he did not…no doubt thinking it was harmless”.

Mrs Talmey said: “100% not. Barrie was at my house. I would not lie on the Bible.”

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC said the defence was suggesting she lied to police to “allow Barrie to cover up his true movements that evening”.

“I swear 100% never, never,” she said.

The trial continues.

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