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Bid for open murder trial fails
Allan Chappelow
The 86-year-old died of head injuries
A financial trader accused of murdering a millionaire author has failed to overturn an order for part of his trial to be heard in private.

Wang Yam, 46, of Hampstead, is charged with murder of the reclusive Allan Chappelow and offences of dishonesty.

Trial judge Mr Justice Ouseley made an order on 15 January excluding the press and public from part of the Old Bailey proceedings in the case.

The Court of Appeal rejected Mr Yam's application for permission to appeal.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, sitting with Mr Justice Silber and Mr Justice Underhill, said the trial judge "correctly applied the relevant law to the facts before him and that his decision was correct".

'National security'

Mr Justice Ouseley had previously said there was a "compelling" case for parts to be held in camera.

The prosecution application for secrecy, on the grounds of the administration of justice and national security, was opposed by the defence and media, including the BBC.

Mr Yam, 46, whose trial is expected to start this week, denies murdering Mr Chappelow between 4 May and 14 June 2006.

He also denies stealing 20 belonging to the 86-year-old and obtaining a money transfer of 20,000 by pretending to be the writer.

Head injuries

Mr Yam further denies a burglary at Mr Chappelow's home in Downshire Hill, Hampstead, when four cheques, mail and a mobile phone were taken, and theft and handling charges.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Chappelow died from head injuries.

Mr Chappelow's books included works on the playwright George Bernard Shaw entitled Shaw The Chucker-Out: A Biographical Exposition And Critique, and Shaw The Villager And Human Being.

He also wrote Russian Holiday, published in 1955.


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