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Police reveal horror of bodies in ditch
The bodies of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were set on fire after they were laid side by side in a ditch, the Old Bailey heard today. Photographs shown on giant screens around the courtroom showed leaves, branches, banks and undergrowth all scorched by the ferocity of the flames. The bodies of the year-olds were found near the Lakenheath air base in Suffolk, 13 miles from Soham, nearly a fortnight after they disappeared from Soham. A pathologist said it was not possible to "exclude sexual assault" on the girls because of the degree of decomposition of the bodies, Richard Latham, QC, told the court. The area surrounding the site was taped off but Mr Latham prosecuting, repeatedly reassured the seven women five man jury they would nto be forced to look at pictures of the bodies themselves. The grave site had been deliberately chosen by Ian Huntley, 29, because it was so remote and the bottom of the ditch could not be seen from the track through the woods, the court heard. Mr Latham s a id: " The bodies of the two children were alongside one another and were initially simply described as the nearest and furthest body.
By Victoria Ward. Kevin Wells disclosed that the murder of his ten-year-old daughter and her friend Jessica Chapman by their school care taker, Ian Huntley, had tested his marriage to the limit. I chose to believe in the future, a future that I could craft from the life we once had. Really, all I wanted was for us to be the ones who'd make it out the other side. Soham murders: Ian Huntley refuses to apologise ten years. Manhunt launched for gunman after off-duty policeman shot dead. Scarred victims of crime could be barred from compensation.
After passing their school caretaker's house, Their school caretaker Ian Huntley invited the girls into his home where he brutually murdered them. Ian Huntley their school caretaker and Teaching Assistant Maxine Carr were arrested in the Girls abduction and killing. Ian Huntley the caretaker at the girl's school was found guilty in the Girls Abduction and Murder, and given two Life Sentences on 17th December his girlfriend Maxine Carr was actually away from Soham during the time of the murders but lied to give Ian Huntley an Alibi was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and got 3 and half years but was released on 14th May For further information about this story there is a book out called Goodbye Dearest Holly written by Holly's father Kevin Wells. The cause of Holly and Jessica's deaths is not known due to the decomposition of both of their bodies and also the fact that Huntley changed his story many times before, during and after the trial, however it is thought very likely that Holly and Jessica were either suffocated or strangled in Huntley's House at College Close Number 5 In Soham where the girls were murdered.
Ian Kevin Huntley, a caretaker at local secondary school Soham Village College , was convicted on 17 December of the girls' murder and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment , with the High Court later setting a minimum term of 40 years. Carr had provided Huntley with a false alibi and received a three-and-a-half year prison sentence for perverting the course of justice. At around pm, they went out to buy sweets. On their way back, they walked past the house of Ian Huntley, the caretaker at the local secondary school. Huntley asked the girls into his house.