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Bouncer 'beat students to death'
Marsha McDonnell
Marsha McDonnell had been on a night out with friends
A nightclub doorman murdered two female students and attacked three other women after stalking them at bus stops and on buses, the Old Bailey has heard.

French student Amelie Delagrange, 22, and gap year student Marsha McDonnell, 19, both died after being struck on the head with blunt objects.

The attacks were in south-west London between October 2001 and August 2004.

Levi Bellfield, 39, from West Drayton, west London, denies two murder charges and five other charges.

Mr Bellfield is also charged with the attempted murder of 33-year-old Irma Dragoshi and causing her grievous bodily harm, and attempting to murder former convent school head girl Kate Sheedy, then 18.

He further denies the kidnap and false imprisonment of Anna-Maria Rennie, then 17, on 14 October 2001.

Similar cases

Brian Altman, prosecuting, said there were so many similarities between the offences that "they were the work of one man and that man was Levi Bellfield".

He said the attacks were carried out on women who had got off buses or were at bus stops.

These women were targeted victims of a predatory man who stalked bus stops and bus routes in vehicles looking for young women to attack
Brian Altman, prosecuting

Mr Altman said both Miss McDonnell and Miss Sheedy were followed by a man in a car as they travelled on well-lit buses.

"Although the lighting inside the buses was intended to help passengers, it would also come to have a 'more sinister purpose which could never have been foreseen'," he said.

"It allowed the attacker of these women to see into the bus from the outside.

"Thus these women were not chance victims of a street attacker.

"These women were targeted victims of a predatory man who stalked bus stops and bus routes in vehicles looking for young women to attack."

Left with amnesia

Miss McDonnell was "bludgeoned to death" just yards from her front door after she had got off a bus and was making her way home from a night out with friends in February 2003.

She died from severe head injuries following the attack in Priory Road.

Miss Delagrange died of severe head injuries following an attack on Twickenham Green, west London in August 2004. She had missed her bus stop and was walking home.

Amelie Delagrange
The murder of Amelie Delagrange (above) at Twickenham Green on 20 August 2004
The attempted murder of Kate Sheedy at Worton Road, Isleworth, on 28 May 2004
The attempted murder of Irma Dragoshi at Longford Village on 16 December 2003
Unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm to Irma Dragoshi
The murder of Marsha McDonnell on 4 February 2003
Kidnapping Anna-Maria Rennie at Hospital Bridge Road, Twickenham, on 15 October 2001
The false imprisonment of Anna-Maria Rennie

In December 2003, Mrs Dragoshi was attacked at a bus stop in the village of Longford, near Heathrow Airport, with a blunt instrument and was left with amnesia.

And Miss Sheedy suffered extensive injuries when she got off a bus and was hit by a car which reversed back over her before driving off in May 2004.

Anna-Maria Rennie, who now lives in Spain, was at a bus stop in Twickenham, south-west London, when an attempt was made to bundle her into a car.

Mr Altman said: "As he tried to get her to the car, despite being absolutely petrified, she kicked and struggled violently.

"It paid off because she managed to break away about 1.5 metres from the car."

She described her attacker as fat with tattoos.

Mr Altman said there was both direct and "compelling" circumstantial evidence linking Mr Bellfield to the crimes.

The case continues.

An outline of the charges against Mr Bellfield

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