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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 November, 2003, 17:53 GMT
Key points: Day Seven
Maxine Carr and Ian Huntley
Maxine Carr and Ian Huntley are on trial at the Old Bailey
The Soham trial is hearing witness evidence at the Old Bailey.

Officials from Soham Village College, where defendant Ian Huntley worked as a caretaker, were among those giving evidence.

Mr Huntley denies murdering Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

His former girlfriend Maxine Carr denies two charges of assisting an offender and one of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

The key details from witness statements on Day Seven are as follows:

  • Tradesman Benjamin Hickling, who met Mr Huntley while visiting Soham Village College, told the court the defendant had told him he had found a "quiet area" to watch planes take off from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

  • Mr Hickling said: "It was an area that you were not supposed to go down. It was an area where he spent a lot of time, an area he enjoyed going to because of his interest in planes. He would say that no one ever goes down there."

  • Mr Hickling's colleague Marcus Bull said Mr Huntley gave the impression he had access to somewhere where he could get to watch planes that was not available to others or not widely known.

  • Margaret Bryden, vice-principal at Soham Village College, told the court she had interviewed Mr Huntley for the job of caretaker and thought he had come across as "a very level-headed person."

  • At the interview, Huntley was asked what he would do if a girl at the school starting showing affection to him. He said he would consult senior members of staff about the problem.

  • Mrs Bryden said Mr Huntley found it difficult to manage his staff and was sometimes seen with "tears in his eyes".

  • On 8 August Mr Huntley had asked Mrs Bryden for the weekend off because he was being pressurised by the police and the media.

  • After a false discovery at Warren Hill, in Newmarket, Mr Huntley told Mrs Bryden his doctor had prescribed him treatment for depression and high blood pressure.

  • Several times during the conversation he said he was "the last person to see them alive" referring to Holly and Jessica and went on "if only I told them something different".

  • Mrs Bryden said she would see Mr Huntley after he had been in arguments with Maxine Carr "in the form of shouting and throwing things at each other".

  • When asked by the jury who was in control of their relationship, Mrs Bryden said Mr Huntley said MsCarr would often tell him what to do.

  • Under cross-examination by Michael Hubbard QC, Mrs Bryden confirmed Mr Huntley had mentioned "shocking allegations" about his father and about what had happened to him in his early life.

  • When asked if Huntley "was always eager to please and find praise", she replied "correct".

  • Jonathan Butler, a caretaker under Mr Huntley's charge, said he had gone for a drink with the Mr Huntley on 8 August in the defendant's Ford Fiesta.

  • He said the car was "tidy" with a "clean" inside.

  • Mr Butler said on another occasion, some time before Huntley's arrest, the car had a "strong" smell "like body filler".

  • Mr Butler said on the Monday after the girls went missing Mr Huntley was "tired" and not wearing his normal work clothes.

  • Witness Jonathan Watkins told the court he and three friends had seen Mr Huntley walking his dog outside the centre some time after 2230 BST on the night the girls went missing.

  • When asked if he had seen the girls he said "no" and that he had "been away".

  • Mary Norman, a barmaid at the sports centre who has since married Mr Watkins, confirmed they had seen Mr Huntley before going on a search for the girls.

  • She said the group returned to the sports centre with police at about 0330 BST to look at CCTV footage with police and Mr Huntley had walked in with his dog.

  • She could not remember how long he was there or if he said anything.

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy
"On Monday the jury will see for themselves where events are alleged to have taken place"

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