Man facing trial for murder of nine-year-old schoolgirls in 1986 – REGIONAL

A 51-year-old man accused of murdering two girls more than 30 years ago will go on trial at the Old Bailey later.

Russell Bishop allegedly killed nine-year-olds Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows on October 9 1986.

A man is due to stand trial accused of the murder of two school girls in 1986 in East Sussex. Picture: PA

A man is due to stand trial accused of the murder of two school girls in 1986 in East Sussex. Picture: PA

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The schoolgirls were found dead in Wild Park, near the Moulsecoomb estate in Brighton, East Sussex.

Bishop has denied two charges of murder.

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He is due to appear before Mr Justice Sweeney for the start of his trial, which is expected to go on for up to eight weeks.

A jury is expected to be selected on Monday, with prosecutor Brian Altman QC opening the case later.