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Friday, 1 November, 2002, 16:56 GMT
Danielle trial evidence 'valueless'
Stuart Campbell
Mr Campbell denies abducting and murdering his niece
A woman's evidence in the trial of Stuart Campbell, the man accused of murdering his niece Danielle Jones is tainted, a court has heard.

Earlier this week, Jacqueline Fairchild said she saw a man sitting in a blue van near the home of the 15-year-old on the morning she vanished.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard that she had picked out Mr Campbell, who denies murder, after she recognised him in an identity parade.

But the court heard on Friday that Mrs Fairchild might have given her statement after being told which member of the line up was Mr Campbell.

Witness's father

The court heard Mrs Fairchild had not made a positive identification at the time of the parade.

Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones went missing in June last year

But she later made a statement saying that the man in position five of the parade - who was Stuart Campbell - had been the man she saw in the van, about an hour before Danielle disappeared on 18 June 2001.

Michael Borrelli QC, for Mr Campbell, told the court that there was evidence that the father of another witness, who had also been involved in the identity parade procedure, had told Mrs Fairchild that Mr Campbell was the man at number five.

Mr Borrelli said if that was true, any subsequent identification by Mrs Fairchild would be "valueless".

Cap confusion

Mrs Fairchild had told the court that she had not picked out Mr Campbell at the identity parade because all the men in the line-up were wearing baseball caps turned backward.

The man she had seen in the van was bare-headed and she said she had been confused by the appearance of the men in the head wear.

But she told jurors that she had no doubt the man she saw was the man at number five in the parade.

Prosecutors claim 44-year-old Mr Campbell, of Grays in Essex was obsessed with Danielle and that he had a fixation with teenage girls.

Danielle disappeared from her home in East Tilbury, Essex, after setting off to catch the school bus.

Her body has never been found.

The hearing continues on Monday


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