19/05/2005

Re-enactment provides new leads in Abigail stabbing

Surrey police have said they have received some significant information regarding the stabbing of Abigail Witchalls.

A reconstruction of the attack, which happened in Little Bookham, Surrey, last month, appeared on BBC 1’s ‘Crimewatch’ show last night. The show reportedly received around 58 calls after it screened and police say that one possible witness has come forward as a result of the appeal.

One of the callers, a man who had been in the area on April 20 when the attack took place, may have witnessed Abigail’s attacker running from the scene. Detective Superintendent Adrian Harper, who is leading the investigation into the attack, said that the call from the man, from Hythe in Kent, was “important”.

Police also received a call from a woman in Crawley, Sussex, who claimed to have been frightened by a man driving a blue car, similar to the one Abigail told police she saw before her attacker struck, the day before the Little Bookham attack.

Police are also keen to trace two men who were seen at a bonfire before the attack and it was reported that they had also received a call regarding these men, who police believe could have witnessed the attack.

Police have received over 700 calls in the course of the investigation and said they are investigating “a number of significant lines of inquiry”.

One suspect is 23-year-old Richard Cazaly, who died in Scotland of an apparent overdose on April 30. He had left Little Bookham five days after the attack on Abigail, after leaving short suicide notes which appeared to hint that he might have carried out the attack.

Abigail was attacked and stabbed in the neck as she returned home from a mother and toddlers meeting with her 21-month-old son Joseph. She was left paralysed following the attack and is being treated at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. Yesterday, the hospital released a statement from Abigail which said that she was regaining sensation in most of her body and was now able to breathe and speak on her own for short periods of time.

(KMcA/SP)




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18 May 2005
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