Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, both 10, disappeared from their home town of Soham in Cambridgeshire on Sunday 4th August 2002. Their bodies were found in a ditch at Lakenheath, Suffolk, on 17th August 2003.
The trial started on Monday 3rd November 2003. the first two days consisted of legal and procedural issues and included swearing in the Jury. the trial proper began on Wednesday 5th November 2003. Jury returns decision on Wednesday 17th December 2003. GUILTY.
Monday November 3rd 2003
Trial of Ian Huntley & Maxine Carr begins in court number one at the Old Bailey central criminal court, London.
Tuesday 4th November
The jury of 7 women and 5 men are selected and sworn in.
Wednesday 5th November
The prosecution opens its case, alleging that Ian Huntley killed the girls in his home.
Thursday 6th November
The court is told by the prosecution that Ian Huntley "Sanitised" his car the day after the girls disappeared. They were also told that his hair was found on their clothing.
Monday 10th November
The Jury is taken to visit Soham in Cambridgeshire to see for themselves some of the key locations in the case.
Tuesday 11th November
The jury is taken to RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk to see the ditch where the bodies of holly & Jessica were found.
Wednesday 12th November
The court hears that Kevin Wells, Jessica's father, was approached by Ian Huntley during the first week after the disappearance.
Thursday 13th November
A witness tell the court that Ian Huntley knew of a Quiet area near RAF Lakenheath.
Friday 14th November
The court hears that on the night of the girls disappearance, Ian huntley told some local residents he had seen the girls, while ho told others he had not seen them.
Monday 17th November
The jury is told that Ian Huntley seemed "agitated" and burst into tears when interviewed by police.
Tuesday 18th November
The Old bailey court is told that Ian Huntley told a friend that the girls were dead, three days after the girls disappeared, and a week before the bodies were found.
Wednesday 19th November
The jury is told that Ian Huntley was interviewed by many journalists, he told one, "Police think l did it".
Thursday 20th November
A police witness in court describes how he discovered the clothes of Holly and Jessica, the find, leading to the arrest of Ian Huntley.
Monday 24th November
Ian Huntley admits cutting off the clothes
off the bodies as they lay in a ditch at RAF Lakenheath.
Tuesday 25th November
Ian Huntley says the girls died in the bathroom at his house. He claims Holly fell in the bath, Jessica started screaming, he put his hand over her mouth to keep her quiet.
Wednesday 26th November
The Old Bailey jury hears that Ian Huntley was charged and subsequently acquitted of rape in 1998. He suffered a nervous breakdown after this. Pathologist Dr. Nat Cary was giving evidence on the situation surrounding the girls death.
Thursday 27th November
Maxine Carr tell the court that Ian Huntley told her the girls had visited his home, but left shortly after.
Friday 28th November
The jury are played telephone conversations between Huntley and his mother.
Monday 1st December
Defense starts its case. Ian Huntley takes the stand. He admits the girls died in his house, but denies murder.
Tuesday 2nd December
Under cross examination, Huntley admits that he is responsible for the deaths of Holly and Jessica.
21 Wednesday 3rd December
Maxine Carr states that although she was in love with Huntley, she would not cover up murder for
Thursday 4th December
Maxine Carr cries in court as she says "That thing" made me lie for him.
Friday 5th December
Legal discussion, with no Jury present.
Monday 8th December & Tuesday 9th December
No trial on these days due to illness amongst the jury.
Wednesday 10th December
Summing up from the prosecution and defence.
Thursday 11th December
Closing statements and summing up by the judge.
Friday 12th December
The judge directs the jury to retire and consider the verdict. they must return a unanimous verdict.
Wednesday 17th December
It becomes apparent that the jury were struggling with a decision. The judge directs the jury that he will consider a majority verdict. within an hour the jury returned with a verdict.
Ian Huntley found guilty of murder in the case of Holly Wells & Jessica Chapman
Maxine Carr found NOT GUILTY in assisting an offender, but, Guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
HUNTLEY SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT
MAXINE CARR SENTENCED TO THREE AND A HALF YEARS FOR PERVERTING THE COURSE OF JUSTICE. SHE
WAS RELEASED IN THE SUMMER OF 2004.
It emerged after the trial that Huntley has been under suspicion in the past of rape, and of child abuse. an investigation is to be carried out as to how he gained a job of trust within a school.
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