Babes in the Wood killer Russell Bishop spent £160,000 of taxpayers' cash trying to dodge justice

BABES in the Wood killer Russell Bishop spent nearly £160,000 of taxpayers’ cash trying to dodge justice.

The paedophile, who was finally convicted of the 1986 murders in December was handed £83,513 in legal aid for a QC to defend him and £75,073 for his solicitors.

But documents also show his lawyers were handed thousands of pounds for claims over his treatment in jail.

They included a clinical negligence bid, which cost taxpayers £3,438.

Another prison case resulted in £7,223 legal aid being awarded.

Bishop’s victims Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows, both nine, were strangled and molested in woods in Brighton in 1986.

The roofer, 52, was cleared in 1987 but finally nailed after a DNA breakthrough last year.

His total £172,041 legal aid bill, which also covered two judicial reviews, was revealed through a Freedom of Information request to the Legal Aid Agency.

It said: “Anyone facing a crown court trial is eligible for legal aid subject to a strict means test.”

How Russell Bishop finally faced justice

October 9, 1986: Nicola and Karen, both nine, go missing from their homes in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, East Sussex.

October 10: The bodies of the girls are found huddled together at Wild Park.

December 10, 1987: Bishop is cleared of their murders at Lewes crown court, East Sussex.

December, 13, 1990: Bishop is convicted of a seven-year-old’s attempted murder, kidnapping and indecent assault.

October 16, 2018: He goes on trial again for murders of Nicola and Karen after Court of Appeal gave CPS authority to quash acquittals.

December 10, 2018: Bishop is found guilty of murder in just two hours after an agonising 32 year wait for the family

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