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I was unluckly says man on murder charge

PUBLISHED: 12:20 15 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

THE man accused of murdering Vicky Hall told a jury he did not know the Trimley St Mary teenager and had nothing to do with her death.

"I have got absolutely nothing to do with the disappearance or murder of Vicky Hall," Adrian Bradshaw told the jury at Norwich Crown Court.

THE man accused of murdering Vicky Hall told a jury he did not know the Trimley St Mary teenager and had nothing to do with her death.

"I have got absolutely nothing to do with the disappearance or murder of Vicky Hall," Adrian Bradshaw told the jury at Norwich Crown Court. "I didn't kill Vicky Hall.

"I did not abduct Vicky Hall and I did not murder her."

Suffolk businessman Bradshaw said 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, 27, of Felnor Walk, Felixstowe, who denies murder. But he had been to Stowmarket were he had played football on the high school's field, he said.

Earlier in the trial 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.

Prosecutors claim that soil found in his Porsche bore a "striking similarity" with soil at the spot where the teenager's body was found. But the defence claim the soil in his car was unremarkable and could have come from elsewhere.

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 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 his friend Peter Dugdale that night and 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 "absolutely sure" where he got dropped off. He then went home and went to bed, he said.

Prosecutors say that Bradshaw, who lived at The Wheelwrights in Trimley at the time of Vicky's disappearance, had climbed out of a taxi near the spot where she was last seen – close to the roundabout near Felixstowe linking Faulkeners Way with Trimley's main road.

"If I am dropped off in the area it is just unlucky," Bradshaw told the jury of five women and seven men on the ninth day of the murder trial. "It would be unlucky, I should imagine that that is why I am here today."

Ipswich-born Bradshaw told the court how he split with his girlfriend of around three years in the summer of 1999 and had no regular girlfriend at the time the teenager disappeared. But he said, "there was two casual relationships with two different ladies" between July and September 1999.

Earlier in the trial, the jury heard that tests on Vicky's body showed she had probably been suffocated although there was no evidence of any sexual assault.

The judge, the Honourable Mr Justice Moses, told jurors that he was likely to begin his summing up tomorrow , after which they would be sent away to consider their verdict. "We're getting close now to the most important part of the trial," he said.

The trial continues.

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