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Bedsit murders: Heathfield man David Fuller expected to admit killing Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in Tunbridge Wells in 1987


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A 67-year-old man is expected to admit to the killings of two women in Tunbridge Wells more than 30 years ago.

David Fuller appeared in a grey track suit at Maidstone Crown Court charged with the two deaths.

Caroline Pierce, left, and Wendy Knell, right. Picture: Kent Police
Caroline Pierce, left, and Wendy Knell, right. Picture: Kent Police

Fuller from Heathfield, East Sussex, was arrested and charged with the murders of Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, both in 1987.

His barrister Oliver Saxby QC told Mrs Justice Cheema Grubb that he is expected to admit the killings on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

A trial is expected to take place at Maidstone Crown Court in November and he was remanded into custody.

The bodies of the women were found six months apart in Tunbridge Wells in 1987.

Ms Knell, 25, was found dead at her bedsit in the town's Guildford Road on 23 June.

David Fuller. Picture: The Sun/News Licensing
David Fuller. Picture: The Sun/News Licensing

Ms Pierce, 20, was last seen outside her home in the town's Grosvenor Park on 24 November.

Her body was found on 15 December that year in a field near Romney Marsh.

The High Court judge made orders about the trial - which was expected to have to begin in October - but now a jury won't be sworn until November 1.

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