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And Jessica Chapman
"THIS IS WHAT WAS
SAID LAST TIME IT HAPPENED"....
PAEDOPHILES FACE LIFE TERMS-
LONDON: Life sentences could be made mandatory for paedophiles,
even those committing their first offence.
The British Government is conducting a reveiw of laws against sex crimes
in the wake of the murder of eight year old Sarah Payne, which sparked nationwide
Acccused of the Double Murders
Also Charged In Connection With Their Murders
Killer's Ex- Girlfriend Living Life Of Luxury
THE life of luxury being enjoyed by Maxine Carr was
Soham killer lan Huntley's
former girlfriend is living in a
plush manor house in the
grounds of a nunnery. She
has also landed a comfortable job.
The way she is being pampered - funded largely by the
taxpayer - is in sharp contrast to the compensation
given to the parents of murdered schoolgirls Holly Wells
and Jessica Chapman.
They are due to receive a
mere $28, 300 each in criminal
Two months after her release from prison, Carr- lives
surrounded by works of art
and enjoys full police protection.
An informed source says
she is "delighted" with her
new home, which is better
than anything she could have
dreamed of as she served out
her prison sentence.
She shares the stylishly
decorated rural period property with other women who
have had a "troubled" past.
But, after an image make-
over which dramatically
changed her appearance, her
new friends, as well as colleagues at her bakery job, are
unaware of her real identity.
She has been spending her
earnings on clothes and
Protected by the law,
27-year-old Carr is free to
rebuild her life without public scrutiny.
Adelaide Advertiser (11-7-2004)
MAXINE Carr- will have to
wear a bulletproof vest
every time she goes out.
Released from a British jail on
Friday, she was advised by police
to take the drastic security
measures after receiving two
The High Court heard that two
letters claimed she would be shot
for providing an alibi to the murderer of two schoolgirls, lan
The revelations came as legal
experts warned the draconian
gagging order protecting her new
identity could "open the flood-gates" for other criminals to demand similar anonymity.
The controversial injunction,
which prohibits publication of her
new name, whereabouts, care or
treatment, is likely to have sweeping implications for the justice
Her counsel, Edward Fitzgerald
QC, told the High Court on Friday
"drastic and disturbing developments" during the past few days
justified the injunction.
One letter sent to her jail was
headed: "D-Day Maxine Can-". It
read: "You will get to have six
whole days of freedom before I kill
you. Enjoy your six days of freedom Max, because it's all finished
for you after that date".
Carr, 21, also received a threat
referring to April 23 - St George's
Day - as "gun down day", the
court heard, Mr Fitzgerald said:
"The threats are being taken seriously and being investigated by
Because of the warnings, she
had been advised to wear body
armour at all times when she was
out, he said.
As the girlfriend of Huntley, she
had a "special and unique notoriety" that required the order, he
said. The British Home Office,
Probation Service and police were
all supporting it.
Mr Justice Eady ruled the order,
which was introduced on Thursday at the request of Carr's lawyers, should stay in place until a
full hearing on June 8.
It is the first time such an Injunction has been applied to
someone who committed a crime
as an adult. Carr served 21
months for giving a false alibi to
Huntley. She is believed to be in
a safe house following her release.
Media lawyer Mark Stephens
said of the measures protecting
Carr, "It is a quite extraordinary
form of protection. It is a robust
order, possibly the most robust
order we have seen".
A senior civil servant had documents concerning Carr stolen on
Tuesday after leaving her
briefcase in her car. The briefcase
was found four hours later on
Adelaide Advertiser (16-5-2004)
Carr Released Early After Security Blunder
MAXINE Carr- was freed
early from prison yesterday
after serving just 21
months behind bars.
She was smuggled out of
Foston Hall jail near the
English town of Derby two
days earlier than scheduled
after confidential $A2.6
million plans for her release
were wrecked by a security
On the eve of her release,
documents outlining Carr's
new life, including where she
was due to live under police
protection, were stolen from
a car belonging to a senior
Home Office official.
Also stolen from the female civil servant's car were
papers containing details of
her new bank accounts and
National Insurance number.
as well as the location of
police safe houses which had
been made ready to accommodate Carr. It is believed
the papers did not include
her new name.
The shambles forced officials to bring forward her release. Carr, who had been
locked up for 635 days since
her arrest on August 17,
2002, for her involvement in
the murders of Soham
schoolgirls Jessica Chapman
and Holly Wells, was yesterday at a "temporary secure
address", believed to be a
police station, as plans were
being made to find her a new
Australian Justice Minister Chris Ellison yesterday
denied reports that a deal
was in place to allow Carr to
live in Australia under a new
"While it's not generally
the practice of the Australian Government to comment on such matters,
British reports stating that
the Federal Government has
agreed to accept Marine
Carr are incorrect," a
spokesman for Senator
"No such agreement has
been struck and I'm not
aware of any request to the
Australian government to
relocate Ms Carr to Australia," he said..
Britain's Home Office yesterday confirmed Carr's' release after the parents of
murdered schoolgirls Holly
Wells and Jessica Chapman
had been informed privately
Home Secretary David
Blunkett was said to be
"furious" about the embarrassing security bungle
which, according to insiders,
"totally compromised" plans
for Carr's release. The paper
documents were taken from
a Ford Fiesta parked on
Heath. The owner of the vehicle - a high-ranking adviser
to the Home Secretary - had
left the car unattended while
visiting the area.
A thief broke into the car
and stole the documents,
which are said to go into
"substantial" detail about
the release plan. It is believed the papers included
many confidential details
about her new life and in
effect her new identity.
Although the papers were
later found discarded on
nearby Hampstead Heath,
detectives fear the thief read
details of Carr's release and
may attempt to sell them.
Adelaide Advertiser (14-5-2004)
Carr Avoids Jail For Fraud Deception
MAXINE Carr, the former fiancee of Soham
killer lan Huntley, has
vanished into anonymity
under police guard after
escaping a jail sentence
for six years of lies.
She had pleaded guilty
to 20 benefit fraud and
deception charges which
could have carried a
10-year jail term.
But she was freed under
a community rehabilitation order by Judge
Yesterday's case before
a Nottingham Crown
Court took place days before she was expected to
be released from the
42-month jail sentence
imposed for giving
Huntley a false alibi after
he murdered Holly Wells
and Jessica Chapman in
2002, She served half the
term. Carr is destined to
walk free before the end of
this week under a
new identity. Probation sources
suggested she would
move to council accommodation in a new
area with her mother.
The National Association of Probation Officers said she would
report on a weekly,
monthly basis until
the end of the order.
brought criticism that
she had been afforded
Norman Brennan, of
the Victims of Crime
Trust, said she should
have been jailed on the
Carr, 27, committed
benefit frauds and made
false qualification claims
to secure jobs. One of the
deceptions was a false CV
which helped her get her
teaching assistant's job in
Soham, where Holly and
Jessica attended school.
Adelaide Advertiser (12-5-2004)
Just Days From A Lifetime In Hiding
MAXINE Carr may be
freed before her official
release date, it emerged
The former fiancee of
Soham killer lan Huntley was
due to be moved into police
protection on May 17.
But it is now thought she
may be taken from prison to
a sate house a few days early
as part of a cloak-and-dagger
operation to stop vigilantes
discovering her whereabouts.
Carr 27, will then begin her
life under a new identity,
shielded by police at a cost of
about $2.5 million a year.
Before she slips from view,
Carr is expected to appear in
public one more time -- at
Nottingham Crown Court tomorrow to answer a string of
She is expected to enter
pleas to charges of benefit
fraud and lying about her
qualifications for work at a
primary school in Soham,
Details of her "release
plan", which is being
overseen by the Home Office,
are known to only a handful.
of police and probation and
After her court appearance
she is expected to return to
Foston Hall prison in
Derbyshire for a few days before being smuggled out.
The former teaching assistant will live in a series of safe
houses likely to be fitted with
panic alarms, closed-circuit
cameras and other measures
to protect her from vigilantes
angry at her attempt to cover
up for Huntley's murder ot
schoolgirls Holly Wells and
Yesterday, sources stressed
arrangements for Carr's release had yet to be finalised.
"Things could be changed
at the last minute depending
on circumstances," said one.
In December, Carr was
jailed for 3 1/2 years for conspiracy to pervert the course
of justice over the Soham
case. But the amount of time
she spent in custody awaiting
trial means she is eligible for
release on May 17 after serving two thirds of her sentence.
Yesterday, for the second
time in less than a week,
other inmates at Foston Hall
protested Carr had received
special treatment. At one
window a sign was pushed
through the metal bars bearing the words "burn the bitch
on the stake, she's pure evil".
Adelaide Advertiser (9-5-2004)
Stephen Wright/ Beth Hale
Huntley Asked Penpal To Wear Soccer Shirt
CHILD-KILLER lan Huntley wrote to a penpal while he
was awaiting trial for the murders of Holly Wells and
Jessica Chapman, asking her
to send a photograph of herself wearing a Manchester
Publication of the letter reported in yesterday's Daily
Mirror newspaper, came as
police said the 1999 death of
a next-door neighbour of Huntley would be re-examined.
Holly and Jessica
were wearing Manchester
United tops when they were
murdered by Huntley, who is
serving two life sentences.
The last photograph of the
10-year-olds - taken only
hours before their deaths on
August 4, 2002 - wearing the
tops became a poignant symbol of the case.
Huntley asked the penpal,
who was not named, three
times to send the photo, the
Daily Mirror reported, which
published a selection of letters she received from
In one letter he wrote:
"When I'm down I'm a miserable git and when I'm
cheerful, I'm a barking woof,
woof. All I can say is that I
hope my future has plenty of
woof woof woof moments.
God I am nuts."
He also wrote he felt "totally devastated" when he
read police statements as he
awaited trial that his lover
Maxine Carr had kissed two
men during a drunken night
on the weekend he killed
Holly and Jessica.
He said Carr, who is serving
a jail sentence for perverting
the course of justice, had not
been as faithful to him in the
past as he had been to her.
Explaining that he had
written to Carr but was still
waiting for a response, he
wrote: "I am praying that she
says it is all lies as I can't
handle the alternative."
Lincolnshire Police said
material gathered during an
investigation into the death
of Hugh Wallace, 60, had been
referred to West Yorkshire
Police for further action.
The man was found dead by
Huntley in October, 1999.
A police spokesman said Mr
Wallace, who was found near
flats in Scotter, Lincolnshire,
had a history of heart disease
and a post-mortem examination had concluded he died
of natural causes due to coronary heart disease.
No inquest was held.
Monster Huntley Sex Assault History
SCHOOLGIRL killer Ian Huntley sexually abused at least nine other
girls but was left at large to murder Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
Huntley, now jailed for two life terms, was a serial sexual predator who had been
investigated for sex crimes many times.
But he was never brought to trial – and bureaucratic bungling allowed him to win
the school caretaker's job that placed him close to his ultimate prey.
An inquiry has been launched into how police checks failed to pick up his molestations.
Britain's Home Office will also demand to know why a dossier was not built up on Huntley.
He was investigated over four rapes, three allegations of sexual intercourse with a minor,
and an indecent assault. He was charged over a 1998 rape but the case was dropped.
Another allegation of sex with a minor was not reported to police.
Huntley also tried to strangle women, including his ex-wife, Claire.
One victim insisted: "If the police had believed me six years ago, Huntley would have
been behind bars and Holly and Jessica would still be alive."
Jessica's father, Les Chapman, said: "Huntley was a time bomb just ready to go off,
and unfortunately both our girls were in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Holly's father, Kevin, 40, said he felt "a great sense of relief" as the verdicts were
announced, adding: "There was certainly no sense of euphoria."
He said he hoped the families would be involved in the inquiry.
Police blunders enabled Huntley to get the all-clear to work with children.
He was using the alias Ian Nixon, but did provide the name Huntley
to the school. Astonishingly, no checks were done on the name Huntley.
"The irony is that he didn't lie at all on his job
application," an education authority insider said.
Cambridgeshire Chief Constable Tom Lloyd admitted the "vetting hadn't
worked as well as we would have liked".
From 1995-98, authorities were alerted to allegations Huntley had sex with
two girls aged 15, one 14, one 13, and one 11.
But no action was taken. One of the 15-year-olds said Huntley had threatened
her with violence when she fell pregnant.
Another, 11, said he threatened her, telling her he was a karate
black belt: "I can either do it the easy way or the hard way".
"When he finished he put his hands around my neck. I thought
he was going to kill me," she said.
He warned: "If you dare say anything to anyone I'll find you and kill you."
She said a policewoman told her: "It's not that I don't believe you. It's that the
CPS doesn't believe there's enough evidence.
"He will be caught one day . . . one day he'll do it to another little girl. He will push
it too far and the truth will come out."
In April 1998, Huntley was arrested for raping a girl, 18, he met at a nightclub but
police said there was insufficient evidence. The next month, another 18-year-old
said she had been raped on the way home from the same nightclub by a man who
threatened to kill her.
The case against Huntley again was dropped.
In February 1999, a girl, 17, who met Huntley at the same nightclub, accused him
of raping her. Again, the case was dropped.
In July, he was arrested for another rape but not prosecuted after girlfriend Maxine Carr
provided an alibi for him, and the victim failed to identify him.
Carr was jailed for 3 1/2 years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice for lying for
Huntley over the girls' murders.
Huntley always got away with his sexual crimes – until he lost control on August 3, 2002,
and killed Holly and Jessica, 10.
He then dumped their bodies in remote woodland, stripped them and burned them before
returning to pretend to join the search. He told reporters he may have been the "last friendly
face" the girls had seen.
Justice Alan Moses slammed his "persistent cruelty and cynicism" to the girls' families.
"Your tears have never been for them, only for yourself," he said.
The families' pain has been worsened by Huntley's refusal to
say exactly what he did to the girls.
"There's only one man who can answer that question, and whether he has the
guts to answer the question publicly is down to him," Mr Chapman said. "I hope
that the next time I have to see him is how we saw our daughters – in a coffin."
Herald Sun (19-12-2003)
Lover Tells Of Huntley's Rape Charge
IAN Huntley was charged
with rape four years before he
allegedly murdered Holly
Wells and Jessica Chapman,
it emerged yesterday.
The case went to court but
he was acquitted, his former
girlfriend Maxine Carr told
British detectives following her
Carr said the rape allegation
had become a "tombstone"
around Huntley's neck. She felt
he would be "fitted up" over
the deaths of the 10-year-olds
because of his past, the court
was told. It was because of this,
she said, that she lied to police
about her whereabouts on the
day the girls went missing -
August 4 last year - in order to
provide Huntley with an alibi.
Carr admitted she had falsely
claimed she was in the bath at
their home in Soham when in
fact she was 160km away in
Grimsby. The court was told
this week the girls died in the
The jury also was told for the
first time that Huntley had a
daughter. The revelations
came in transcripts of Carr's
police interviews, which were
read to the jury yesterday.
Carr, 26, was arrested on August 17 at Cambridgeshire,
where she had been sent by
police searching Huntley's
house. The girls' bodies were
found later the same day.
The court, with Holly and
Jessica's parents in the public
gallery, was also shown the
bathroom where Huntley says
the girls died.
His version of events - given by his lawyer the
previous day - was dismissed
yesterday by pathologist Dr
Dr Cary told the Old Bailey
it was "unlikely, to say the
least," that Holly Wells had
drowned in the bath after being
accidentally knocked in by
Huntley, Dr Cary also said
Huntley's assertion that
Jessica Chapman was smoth-
ered as he tried to stop her
screaming was "wholly implausible".
Carr denies two counts of
assisting an offender and one of
conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Huntley denies two counts of
murder but admits conspiring
to pervert the course of justice.
The case continues.
Adelaide Advertiser (28-11-2003)
Huntley Obsessed By DNA
IAN Huntley asked police detailed questions about DNA
evidence on the day he is alleged to
have burned the bodies of Holly
Wells and Jessica Chapman.
He quizzed three officers, asking
how long DNA evidence lasted, the
Old Bailey was told yesterday.
And he asked one of them: "How
much DNA would they need?"
The prosecution claims Huntley
murdered the 10-year-olds and later
returned to their bodies and set fire
to them after becoming concerned
about forensic evidence.
He was seen near the dumping site
shortly after the conversations
about DNA and allegedly had a
petrol can in his office the same day.
The jury also heard how Huntley
became a nuisance with repeated
questions to police and journalists
about how the search was going.
Special Constable Michael Kerr
spoke to him in Soham at 2.20pm on
Wednesday, August 7 last year, three
days after the girls had gone missing
in the Cambridgeshire village.
Huntley, 29, told him he was the
caretaker at Soham Village College.
"1 can't remember how the conversation came to it but I remember Mr
Huntley asking about DNA evidence, words similar to what did the
police need for DNA," Constable
Kerr said. "I said hair, skin cells or
saliva. I think I said DNA can be
taken from a single hair,"
Special Constable Nichola Peacock, who was also there, recalled
Huntley asking: "Where would they
get the DNA from and how much
DNA would they need?".
Later that evening Huntley approached two more police officers.
Special Constable Sharon Gilbert,
who was sitting in a police van, said:
"He asked how long DNA evidence
could be used and I said they'd used
it on woolly mammoths and on the
Tsar's family and I didn't think there
was any time limit." An hour after that
Huntley was seen
outside the home of his Grandmother, Lily Gollings,
on the outskirts of Lakenheath, Suffolk.
The girls' bodies were later four
in a ditch near the perimeter fence
of the Lakenheath airbase.
The prosecution claims Huntley
murdered Holly and Jessica "within
minutes or at the most hours" of
their disappearance shortly after
6.30pm on August 4, and dumped the
bodies the same night.
But the Crown says the bodies
were burned at a later date using an
accelerant such as petrol. The trial
Daily Mail (20-11-2003)
Girls' Burnt Clothes Found In Bin
THE charred remnants of
Manchester United soccer
shirts belonging to Holly Wells
and Jessica Chapman were
found in a bin mixed with hairs
matching those of lan Huntley,
a jury heard yesterday.
The girls' red football tops had
been cut from their bodies and
set alight with their shorts,
trainers and underclothes in the
bin at their school.
Police discovered them during
a search of a locked storage
building on the Soham Village
College site. A set of keys to the
building were found in Huntley's
bedroom. His fingerprints were
found on a bin liner which had
been placed inside the bin, concealing the clothes from view.
On the second day of
Huntley's trial for the murder of
the 10-year-olds, the prosecution described how Huntley
tried to cover his tracks after
allegedly killing the girls in August last year and dumping their
bodies, assisted by girlfriend
The Old Bailey was told that:
HUNTLEY changed the tyres
on his Ford Fiesta the day after
Holly and Jessica went missing.
HE "sanitised" the car by
cleaning it inside and out and
removing the boot's carpet.
CARR and Huntley concocted
a "tissue of lies" in an attempt
to mislead police.
The court was told that after
the girls allegedly died in his
home, Huntley told reporters he
was "praying that they are alive
and well". He also repeatedly
pressed police for information
about their investigation, asking
where they would be searching
and how long DNA evidence
Huntley, 29, denies two counts
of murder, but the prosecution
has said he is "unlikely to deny"
that Holly and Jessica died in his
home while he was alone with
them, or that he dumped their
bodies. He admits conspiring to
pervert the course of justice.
Carr, 26, denies two charges of
assisting an offender and one
charge of conspiring to pervert
the course of justice.
Yesterday Huntley was not in
court for the final 20-minute
session of the prosecution's
opening, because, his counsel
told the jury, he was "feeling
unwell". The case continues.
Daily Mail (8-11-2003)
Caretaker Overdoses In Jail Cell
LONDON: A former
charged with murdering
two 10-year-old girls was
in a stable but critical
condition after reportedly overdosing on
drugs while in jail.
lan Huntley, 29, faces
trial for the deaths of
Holly Wells and Jessica
Chapman last August.
The search for the two
missing friends, and the
trauma which spread
through their village of
Soham, gripped the
The Prison Service
said he was in intensive
care after a "serious incident of self-harm".
Harry Fletcher, of the
National Association of
sources as saying
Huntley had overdosed
on prescribed anti-depressants,
Mr Fletcher said
Huntley apparently had
collected the drugs and
hidden them in teabags
inside his cell.
Huntley is expected to
go on trial in October
with former girlfriend
Maxine Carr, 26.
Adelaide Advertiser (11-6-2003)
Girls' Accused Killer Now Fit To Stand Trial
IAN Huntley, the 28-year-old
school caretaker charged with the
murder of 10-year-olds Holly Wells
and Jessica Chapman, was last night
judged mentally fit to stand trial.
Mr Huntley sat shaking in the dock
at Peterborough Crown Court, Cambridgeshire, as Judge Nicholas
Coleman officially lifted any legal
doubts about his ability to stand trial.
He remanded Huntley until November 15, with his partner Maxine Carr".
Mr Huntley was immediately taken
to a maximum security jail instead of
being sent back to Rampton mental
hospital. He is charged with both
murders, and attempting to pervert
the course of justice, Ms Carr faces
a similar perversion charge, but is not
charged with the murders.
Police mounted a huge security
operation outside the court, fearing
a repeat of angry demonstrations
against Mr Huntley, but his arrival
and departure went virtually unnoticed. One man stood by holding
Prosecutor Karim Khalil read to the
court the conclusions of a report from
Dr Christopher Clark, a consultant
forensic psychiatrist who has been
assessing Mr Huntley at Rampton.
Mr Khalil said the report concluded: "Mr Huntley is fit to enter a
plea and to stand trial." No plea was
recorded in yesterday's proceedings.
He said Mr Huntley was "not suffering from any form of major mental
illness" and there was "no evidence
that he has been suffering from a
significant mood disorder".
Mr Huntley, who was helped to his
courtroom seat by a nurse and looked
shaken and confused, repeatedly
blinked, swallowed and wrung his
hands as the proceedings went on.
Reading from the report, Mr Khalil
said Mr Huntley's long-term and
short-term memory and his concentration span were "entirely normal".
He concluded: "Mr Huntley is not
currently subject to any mental disorder which makes it appropriate for
him to receive treatment in hospital."
At the end of the hearing, Judge
Coleman told the accused he was
being remanded into custody and
asked him to leave the court.
Mr Huntley appeared not to understand, hesitated, and then stumbled
after being helped to his feet.
Adelaide Advertiser (9-10-2002)
Kill Pair To Meet In Court
IAN Huntley and Maxine Carr, the
Soham couple co-accused of involvement
in the murders of Holly Wells and
Jessica Chapman, almost certainly will
come face-to-face in Norwich Crown
Court in November.
The pair, who are engaged to be
married, have not seen each other since
their arrests on August 19 and have
been prevented from communicating as
the police investigation continues.
Huntley, 25, has not yet been declared
fit to stand trial as he undergoes evaluation
at a pyschiatric hospital but police
are confident the school caretaker -
who has been charged with murdering
the 10-year-old friends - eventually will
Carr, 28, reappeared yesterday by
videolink in Peterborough Crown Court,
where she again was remanded to
Holloway Prison to appear in Norwich
Crown Court on November 12 - the day
Huntley also is expected to be in the
same court before Justice Moses.
Carr, wearing a black ring-necked
T-shirt with a silver necklace and bright
red lipstick, has been accused of attempting
to pervert the course of justice.
It is likely she will be charged also
with conspiracy, a charge Huntley
Adelaide Advertiser (29-9-2002)
Bail To Safe House Planned
MAXINE Carr, the
woman accused of
lying to police
investigating the disappearance of murdered schoolgirls Holly
Wells and Jessica
Chapman, could be released from Holloway
Prison to a safe house.
Lawyer Roy James
revealed Ms Carr, 25, is
planning to apply for
bail. The former teaching assistant in Holly
and Jessica's class at
Soham's St Andrew's
school is accused of attempting to pervert
the course of justice by
providing a false alibi
for her fiancee lan
Mr Huntley, 28, has
been charged with
murdering the 10-year-
"People have misunderstood the position,"
Mr James told the Law
"She (Carri has not
been charged with the
girls' murder and, if the
media background to
the case is ignored, she
would be granted bail
as a matter of course.
"Although the case is
at a very early stage, we
are considering bail if a
safe house can be provided." Ms Carr remains in a heavily-
unit at Holloway
Prison in north
She was remanded in
custody to reappear in
Peterborough Magistrates Court on September 27 after last
week making a video-link appearance in
When she appeared
Crown Court two
weeks ago, an angry
crowd screamed abuse
at her as she was driven
in and out of the court
Mr James conceded
any safe house would
need to be a long distance from Soham and
its location kept secret.
Ms Carr's cell at
Holloway is made
largely of cardboard
and is usually allocated
to prisoners deemed liable to commit suicide.
Mr James is confident saturation media
coverage of the arrests
will not prejudice Mr
Huntley and Ms Carr's
hopes of a fair trial.
Private funerals for
Holly and Jessica,
whose bodies were
found on August 17,
will be held this week.
Adelaide Advertiser (4-9-2002)
Carr Appears In Court- Charged In Connection With Their Deaths
SHE came into court with a
smile and took her seat in the
Maxine Carr had just been
driven through a screaming
crowd outside, but it didn't seem
to have affected her.
Now she was about to hear
once again how Jessica Chapman
and Holly Wells disappeared, and
her gaze drifted up to the ceiling.
Even in the emotionless
language of the court it remained
a desperately tragic story.
How two girls vanished, and
how their parents spent frantic
hours searching for them in vain.
Then, how their bodies were
found dumped in a forest not far
from their homes 13 days later.
Ms Carr tugged at her dark
auburn hair and smoothed the
creases from her blue jeans.
This was the first time the
25-year-old teaching assistant.
who used to help in the 10-year-
olds' class at St Andrews Primary
School in Soham, Cambridgeshire, had appeared in court
since police charged her with
perverting the course of justice.
The allegation is she lied to
detectives searching for the girls
and their killer. The maximum
sentence is life imprisonment.
Here in the small, modern
courtroom, 17 days after Holly
and Jessica disappeared, was one
of the two key figures at the
centre of the inquiry.
The other is Ms Carr's
boyfriend, lan Huntley, in custody in a psychiatric hospital and
facing a double murder charge.
Ms Carr wore no make-up and
her T-shirt was plain black. Even
when she spoke to confirm her
name, address and date of birth,
February 16, 1977, nothing in
her voice betrayed her.
When they started to talk
about the maximum life sentence, she sat with her head
buried in her lap for two minutes,
hands clasped behind her neck.
Her eyes remained closed for a
u-'hTJf ^ffgrshf sal up, and everyone craned to see if there were
tears. There weren't.
Mostly she stared at the impressive wrought-iron crest on a
wall of the court - its motto honi
soit qui mal y pense (shame on
him who thinks evil of it).
The 50-minute hearing in
Peterborough Crown Court began only moments after Ms Carr
had been led into the glass-
panelled dock by three female
Mrs Gill Wild took her place as
chairman of the bench, sitting
with two colleagues.
The clerk of the court read the
charge: "Between August 9 and
August 18, 2002, in the county of
Cambridgeshire, with intent to
pervert the course of public justice,
you did a series of acts which
had the tendency to pervert the
course of public Justice, in that
you gave false information to
police officers in a criminal investigation and that is contrary to
August 9 was five days after
Holly and Jessica went missing,
a time when there could hardly
have been a parent in the country
who did not share the agony of
Leslie and Sharon Chapman and
Kevin and Nicola Wells.
August 18 was one day after
two bodies were discovered in
woodland at Lakenheath, several
kilometres from Soham.
Yesterday, it was finally confirmed they had been identified
as the missing girls.
Ms Carr's solicitor, Roy James,
made no application for bail and
she was remanded in custody to
appear at a preliminary hearing
at Peterborough Crown Court on
None of the dead girls' parents
was in court. They spent yesterday morning paying their private
respects at the spot where their
daughters' bodies were found.
Later they walked side by side
in Soham, alongside a steady
stream of people carrying flowers
to add to the sea of bouquets in
the parish churchyard.
That quietly moving scene was
in stark contrast to those outside
It began with an eruption of
hatred at the arrival of the police
convoy which escorted the
blacked-out van carrying Ms Carr
into the court building. By the
time she came out, more than 500
people were there.
Much of the anger was directed
at the fact that Mr Huntley was
not being brought to court,
although everyone phrased it far
more robustly than that. A look
at the banners they waved was
enough to tell why - "Rot in Hell
for ever" said one held aloft by
Others ran through police barriers to smash their fists on the
van. Bottles and other missiles
were thrown as the convoy
headed to London's Hollowayjail
where Ms Carr will be kept under
a suicide watch.
Despite the arrests, police still
have a long way to go in the
About 50 items of potential
evidence have been taken from a
bungalow in Littleport, Cambridgeshire - belonging to Mr
Huntley's father, Kevin, for
analysis which could take weeks.
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