Murdered British girl Milly Dowler’s father told a stunned Old Bailey today that he had been the original suspect in her disappearance after police found bondage material at the family home.
Bob Dowler, 59, broke down in tears in the witness box after sad notes written by Milly, in which she said she was unhappy, were read to him.
He had told police, who informed him he was a suspect whether he liked it or not, that the teenager had discovered a bondage magazine in his bedroom.
But he denied having anything to do with the 13-year-old’s disappearance.
Double killer Levi Bellfield was later arrested but denies killing Milly.
Bellfield, 42, denies abducting and murdering Milly and attempting to kidnap Rachel Cowles, aged 11, in March 2002.
Milly disappeared “in the blink of an eye” after leaving Walton-on-Thames station, Surrey in England, and beginning her walk home along Station Avenue.
The prosecution says Bellfield was living yards away and murdered Milly in his flat before dumping the body.
Her remains were found six months later in woods 25 miles away.
Bellfield, a former wheelclamper and bouncer, was convicted in 2008 of murdering Marsha McDonnell, 19, Amelie Delagrange, 22, and attempting to murder Kate Sheedy, 18.