Milly murder accused refuses to give evidence

The man accused of killing schoolgirl Milly Dowler refused to give evidence at the Old Bailey today.

The man accused of killing schoolgirl Milly Dowler refused to give evidence at the Old Bailey today.

Levi Bellfield told judge Mr Justice Wilkie that he would not be speaking in his defence.

Jeffrey Samuels QC, for Bellfield, said: “The defence calls no evidence.”

The judge asked him if he had advised his client that “the jury may draw such inferences as it sees proper”.

After confirming he had, Mr Samuels sat down and Brian Altman QC, prosecuting, began his closing speech.

Milly, 13, vanished on March 21 2002 in Station Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, as she was walking home from school.

The prosecution alleges that convicted killer Bellfield, who was living in a flat there, abducted and killed her before dumping her body 25 miles away.

Bellfield, 43, denies abducting and murdering Milly, and attempting to kidnap 11-year-old Rachel Cowles the day before.

Bellfield, a former wheelclamper and bouncer, was convicted in 2008 of the murders of Marsha McDonnell, 19, and Amelie Delagrange, 22, and the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy, 18.

The jury of seven men and four women was told that Bellfield gave evidence in his defence at that trial.

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