Brighton woman to face charges relating to 1986 Babes in the Wood murders

A woman from Brighton has been summoned to face charges relating to the 1986 Babes in the Wood murders of two schoolgirls.

Jennifer Johnson, 54, is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on May 28, to face charges that she committed offences of perverting the course of justice and of perjury.

Police said the charges relate to statements and evidence Ms Johnson gave in November 1987, during the investigation into Russell Bishop for the murders of Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows in Wild Park, Brighton, in October 1986.

Bishop was cleared of their murders in 1987, but was found guilty at a second trial in 2018.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said:

“We have ensured that the families of Karen and Nicola, and the victim of Russell Bishop in 1990, are fully aware of this significant development in the case and we will continue to keep them informed.”

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