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Wednesday, 9 October, 2002, 19:27 GMT 20:27 UK
'Errors' in Danielle text messages
Danielle Jones
Danielle's body has never been found
A builder accused of murdering his 15-year-old niece might have made crucial linguistic errors when "faking" mobile phone text messages from the teenager, it has been alleged.

Prosecutors told Chelmsford Crown Court that Stuart Campbell twice sent text messages from Essex schoolgirl Danielle Jones's mobile to his own phone in an effort to deflect suspicion from himself after her disappearance.

But jurors heard on Wednesday that there were a number of differences between the language used in the messages and the language Danielle normally used when texting friends.

Mr Campbell, 44, who lives in Grays, denies abducting and murdering the youngster.

Linguistic differences

The jury of seven women and five men heard that the first text sent from Danielle's phone was sent on June 18 - the day she disappeared - and read: "HI-YA STU WOT YOU UP I'M IN SO MUCH TROUBLE AT HOME AT MOMENT. EVONE HATES ME EVEN YOU WOT THE HELL HAVE I DONE Y WON'T YOU JUST TELL ME. TEXT BCK PLEASE. DAN XXX."

The second, sent the following day, read: "HI-YA STU. THANKS FOR BEING SO NICE, YOU ARE THE BEST UNCLE EVER. TELL MUM I'M SO SORRY LUVYA LOADZ DAN XXX."

"A professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham has examined the two texts allegedly sent by Danielle to the defendant on the 18 and 19 June 2001 and other texts sent by her before that time," said Orlando Pownall QC, prosecuting.

"There are a number of features which are untypical of the way Danielle would express herself.

"The word 'wot' is spelt in a manner which is unusual for Danielle.

"'At moment' is also unusual as Danielle normally used the definite article. For example, 'at the mo'."

Mobile analysed

Mr Pownall said Mr Campbell had told police that, on the morning Danielle disappeared, he had gone to Rayleigh - which is about 30 minutes from Grays - to buy bolts at a builders' merchants.

But Mr Pownall said checks made on Mr Campbell's mobile phone showed he could not be telling the truth.

He said Mr Campbell had made a call at 0825 BST on 18 June to his wife Debbie.

Experts' analysis show that, when Mr Campbell made the call, he could have been near Danielle's home but could not have been near the builders' merchants in Rayleigh.

Danielle vanished in June 2001 after being seen walking to catch a bus to school near her home in East Tilbury, Essex.

The hearing continues.

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