Ian Huntley gives evidence at Old Bailey

Ian Huntley, the man who is accused of killing Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, has taken the stand today as the defence began its case at the Old Bailey today.

Mr Huntley appeared in the witness box following the conclusion of the prosecution case on Friday. Mr Huntley claims that Holly and Jessica died accidentally in the bathroom of his home in Soham. He has admitted to disposing of the girl's bodies and their clothes.

Ian Huntley, 29, is accused of murdering the two 10-year-old schoolgirls shortly after they went missing on August 4 last year. He denies charges of murder, but has admitted one charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Maxine Carr, 26, Mr Huntley's former girlfriend, is charged with two counts of assisting an offender and one charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. She denies the charges.

Both Ms Carr and Mr Huntley worked at the school where the girls were pupils.

Holly and Jessica's badly decomposed bodies were found on waste ground in Lakenheath, Suffolk, on August 17 2002.

The case continues.


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