Russell Bishop found guilty of 'babes in the wood' murders

Russell Bishop

Russell Bishop who has been found guilty of the 1986 'Babes in the Wood' murder. Image: Sussex Police/PA

Monday, December 10, 2018

A man has been found guilty of the 1986 "babes in the wood" murders, in which two nine-year-old schoolgirls were sexually assaulted and strangled.

Convicted paedophile Russell Bishop, 52, was 20 years old when he attacked Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in a woodland in Brighton.

He was cleared of their murders in 1987, but later kidnapped and attempted to murder a seven-year-old girl, for which he served a life sentence.

Karen Hadaway (left) and Nicola Fellows. Image: PA

Now, new evidence has linked Mr Bishop to the murder of Nicola and Karen, ending a 32-year fight for justice by the victim's families.

Mr Bishop denied the murder and claimed the evidence could have been contaminated, but a jury rejected his defence at the Old Bailey.

He was found guilty on the 31st anniversary of his original acquittal.

 The area where the bodies of Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows were found, in a woodland near Brighton. Image: Sussex Police/PA

Adjourning sentencing until Tuesday, Mr Justice Sweeney paid tribute to the families' "extraordinary diginity" throughout the trial

Karen's mother Michelle Hadaway said Bishop was an "evil monster" after the trial.

Russell Bishop in 1986. Image: Sussex Police/PA 

She said: "After 32 years of fighting, we finally have justice for Karen and Nicola.

"Time stood still for us in 1986. To us them beautiful girls will always be nine years old. They will never grow up.

"What people like Bishop inflict on the families of their victims is a living death."