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Did cold case victim know her murderer?

Did cold case victim know her murderer?

Philip Dewey

Did cold case victim know her murderer?

Murdered teenager Claire Woolterton whose body was found in Windsor in 1981 may have been killed by someone she knew, a court has heard.

Colin Campbell, 66, is standing trial for her murder at Reading Crown Court after his DNA was found on the 17-year-old's mutilated body, which was found in Barry Avenue.

Speaking in court on Wednesday, defence barrister Peter Griffiths QC said that Claire's estranged father, Kenneth Woolterton, was a previous suspect after a witness came forward saying Mr Woolterton had confessed to murdering his daughter.

Reading from the witness's statement, Mr Griffiths said: "I asked him about the murder of his daughter and he said he was still looking for her killer, but then said he would never find them because it was him.

"On another occasion, he asked me for a lift to London so he could find Claire's killer but when I reminded him about what he had said, he put a finger to his lips and said 'you have to be seen looking'."

The prosecution claim Campbell targeted Claire as she walked home in west London after a date, murdered her for sexual gratification and dumped her body in Windsor.

They claim DNA evidence gathered from the scene and tested in 2011 proves he is the killer.

The trial continues.

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