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Friday, 15 November, 2002, 15:12 GMT
Lamplugh suspect attacks 'trial by media'
Suzy Lamplugh
Suzy Lamplugh's body has never been found
Lawyers for the prime suspect in the case of murdered estate agent Suzy Lamplugh have said he is the subject of a "trial by media".

John Cannan's legal team insisted he is being wrongly targeted by police.

Cannan, 48, was visited by lawyers in Full Sutton prison, near York, where he is serving life for the rape and murder of Bristol newly-wed Shirley Banks.

At a news conference in Manchester his lawyers said he could never have a fair trial after he was named as the only suspect in a number of publications.

Insufficient evidence

His solicitors have protested to the police and Crown Prosecution Service over his naming as no charges have been brought against him.

They say this means it is now impossible for him to have a fair trial.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Bill Griffiths said last week Cannan had been interviewed twice over Miss Lamplugh's death.

The Crown Prosecution Service had been advised there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against him.

Suzy Lamplugh's parents
Suzy's parents are waiting for justice
Miss Lamplugh, 25, vanished in July 1986 after going to show a man who called himself Mr Kipper around a house in Fulham, London.

Her body has never been found.

Cannan's solicitor Matthew Claughton said: "John Cannan is particularly distressed at suggestions he is playing 'mind games' with the police and the inference he could at least have the decency to tell the Lamplugh family where Suzy's body is buried.

"John Cannan is not playing mind games. He cannot tell the Lamplugh family where their daughter is buried because he did not kill her and has no idea as to her whereabouts."


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