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Villagers tell of reasonable doubt

PUBLISHED: 18:50 21 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

IT WAS the trial that held the attention of everyone who lives in Felixstowe or the Trimley villages.

The fine details of the case of the man accused of murdering bubbly teenage clubber Vicky Hall were scrutinised at every turn.

IT WAS the trial that held the attention of everyone who lives in Felixstowe or the Trimley villages.

The fine details of the case of the man accused of murdering bubbly teenage clubber Vicky Hall were scrutinised at every turn.

But the unanimous not guilty verdict at the trial of 27-year-old Adrian Bradshaw of Felnor Walk, Felixstowe came as no shock to the people of the town.

Their reaction to the verdict was a mixture of mild surprise that the case was finally over, along with a resigned acceptance that the right decision had been made.

Those who had followed the case all had doubts in their minds that there was enough hard evidence to convict Mr Bradshaw of the murder.

Yet the same question is on the lips of most people – "Who really killed her?"

Teenagers Anna Masters and Kerrie Lake both agreed the right decision had been made, yet both feel uncomfortable that the real murderer is still out there.

Miss Masters, 17 from Barton Road said: "I am not surprised at all.

"I thought there must be some evidence that they were not releasing until it got to court, for them to be able to keep someone in for one year."

Miss Lake, also 17 from Coronation Drive said: "It is a bit scary that we are still going home from clubs and walking home.

"It is a scary thought that the person is still out there."

One woman who did not want to be named said she had been to school with Mr Bradshaw and had been surprised when she heard he had been accused of the murder.

She said: "I was surprised when I heard and did not think that he would do something like that.

"But with all the evidence you hear you do start to have doubts."

Chris Kennard from Daines Place, off Faulkeners Way, Trimley St. Mary lives close to where Vicky was last seen.

He said: "It seems to be the only decision as there was no real hard evidence in the first place.

"You have to wonder whether it was a waste of time.

"I have two teenage daughters, one of them is 16 and has started going out at night – I want the real person found."

Cathy Rodger from Langer Road was also doubtful about the amount of evidence.

She said: "Whoever it is, is still around somewhere.

"It must be devastating for her parents."

One Walton resident, who did not want to be named, said: "I did not think there was an awful lot of evidence for him to be convicted.

"I am not worried about my own safety that there is still someone around because I go everywhere by car.

"But I am generally concerned for people around and about."

Brian Smy from Spriteshall Lane, Trimley St. Mary also said that there was not a lot of evidence.

He said: "Looking at the case the police had against him – it was just a drop of dirt on the car pedal.

"There was not really a lot of evidence and it only took the jury 90 minutes to decide."

David Scourfield of Gainsborough Road said he was convinced that the jury had reached the right conclusion.

He said: "I am 100 per cent sure it was right.

"You just cannot convict someone on that evidence, there just was not enough."

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