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Accused tells jury he did not kill Vicky

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

THE man accused of murdering Vicky Hall today told a jury he did not know the Trimley St Mary teenager.

Suffolk businessman Adrian Bradshaw testified that he had never been to the village where the 17-year-old's naked body was found five days after she disappeared in September 1999.

THE man accused of murdering Vicky Hall today told a jury he did not know the Trimley St Mary teenager.

Suffolk businessman Adrian Bradshaw testified that he had never been to the village where the 17-year-old's naked body was found five days after she disappeared in September 1999.

David Cocks, QC, defending asked the 27-year-old if he had ever been to Creeting St Mary or Creeting St Peter.

"I've never been to either of those two places," said Bradshaw, of Felnor Walk, Felixstowe, who denies murder.

Earlier in the trial at Norwich Crown Court the jury were told that A level student Vicky's body was discovered in a water-filled ditch at Creeting St Peter, 25 miles from her home.

Bradshaw told the court that he had been at Felixstowe's Bandbox nightspot on the night of September 18, 1999, the same place where Vicky had spent dancing the night away with her best friend Gemma Algar. But he said he was not aware of having seen the teenager there that evening.

The jury heard that Bradshaw had been to a series of Felixstowe drinking spots with a friend named Peter.

He said he had drunk around seven pints of beer by the time he arrived at The Bandbox.

"I'd be quite merry to say the least," he said.

He said that he had shared a taxi home with two girls but could not be specific where he got dropped off.

Earlier in the day there was a dramatic development in the Vicky Hall murder trial when the prosecution resumed their case by calling the officer in charge of the investigation to the stand.

At about 12.50pm, after a morning of legal argument, Detective Superintendent Roy Lambert was called to the witness box.

Yesterday the court was told that the prosecution's case was now closed and the defence of Adrian Bradshaw was expected to begin today.

However when the trial resumed the prosecution called Det Sup Lambert, who headed the hunt to catch Vicky's killer.

He told the court that when looking at documents for Bradshaw's Porsche they discovered it had failed an MoT in July, 1999, and had to have the exhaust repaired.

The court also heard that on July 16, 1999, the exhaust on Bradshaw's Porsche 944 was repaired at a garage in Felixstowe and that this was done on the basis that no guarantee would be given.

The jury of seven men and five women also heard police officers examined the car in January 2001 and noted the repairs to the exhaust.

During the examination by police they found an area of the exhaust box was not original and had been fitted.

On day nine of the trial the public gallery and press benches were again packed to capacity with friends and family of Vicky Hall sat on the opposite of the courtroom to those of Bradshaw's.

The trial continues.

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