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Accused's friend takes the stand

PUBLISHED: 13:46 15 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

THE man accused of killing Vicky Hall drove a football teammate to a game the day after the teenager disappeared, a court heard.

At the murder trial of Adrian Bradshaw the defence today called local government officer Steven Elwood to the stand.

THE man accused of killing Vicky Hall drove a football teammate to a game the day after the teenager disappeared, a court heard.

At the murder trial of Adrian Bradshaw the defence today called local government officer Steven Elwood to the stand.

Bradshaw, 27, of Felnor Walk, Felixstowe, denies murdering 17-year-old Vicky, of Faulkeners Way, Trimley St Mary sometime between September 19, 1999 and September 24, 1999 when her body was found in a ditch at Creeting St Peter.

His team mate Mr Elwood told the court that he played football for the Owl & Pussycat the same Felixstowe-based team that Bradshaw played for.

Mr Elwood told the court that on the morning Vicky went missing the Owl & Pussycat had a fixture against Martlesham Old Boys. He went on to say that he was driven to the game in Nacton at about 9.15am by Adrian Bradshaw in his blue Porsche.

David Cocks, QC, asked Mr Elwood if he noticed anything unusual about Bradshaw's manner and demeanour to which Mr Elwood replied "no".

He added Bradshaw was a "quiet lad". He also added that he didn't notice anything unusual about the car.

In cross examination Mr Elwood told the jury of seven men and five women that he didn't know Bradshaw particularly well and that he was first asked to speak to the police on August 11, 2000, nearly 11 months after Vicky disappeared.

The court also heard from self-employed auctioneer Gary Johnson. In a statement read out in court Mr Johnson described how he saw a blue Astra come out of the junction of Church Road, which is also known as the A120, and Pound Lane, Creeting St Peter at 6am in the morning on September 19, 1999.

Earlier in the day the court heard further evidence from soil experts Professor Kenneth Pye and Doctor Andrew Moncrieff.

Proceedings were initially delayed today by about an hour and a half of legal argument.

David Cocks, QC, has now closed the defence case and closing speeches will be made later today.

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