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Russell Bishop: Paedophile guilty of 1986 Babes in the Wood murders


A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of murdering two schoolgirls who were found strangled and sexually assaulted near Brighton 32 years ago.

Russell Bishop, 52, had protested his innocence since the bodies of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were found.

Cleared of their murders in 1987, Bishop went on to attack a seven-year-old girl within three years, leaving her for dead in 1990, but she survived.

He was convicted of the double murder in a second trial at the Old Bailey.

After Nicola and Karen were found dead, the case became known as the Babes in the Wood.

The guilty verdicts came exactly 31 years to the day of Bishop's original acquittal in 1987.

Families of the girls wept in court earlier as the jury delivered the verdicts after two-and-a-half hours.

Afterwards, Karen's mother Michelle Hadaway described Bishop as an "evil monster".

"We finally have justice for Karen and Nicola," she said.

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

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Speaking outside the Old Bailey, she said: "What people like Bishop inflict on the families of their victims is a living death.

"They take the lives of children but they also take the lives of the families left behind."

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My view: Such a monster, there's no hiding place for evil killers.