Man admits murder of two women in Tunbridge Wells in 1987 | British news

A 67-year-old man has admitted responsibility for the murder of two women more than three decades ago, marking a significant development in one of Britain’s longest unsolved murder cases.

David Fuller admitted to killing Wendy Knell, 25, and Caroline Pierce, 20, at the Maidstone Crown Court heard Friday. The women were subjected to separate attacks in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in 1987.

As Fuller sat in the dock, prosecutor Duncan Atkinson told QC: “It is fair to note that in a further defense statement of August 19, defendant admitted responsibility for both killings subject to the potential issue of diminished responsibility.”

Court artist sketch of David Fuller
A court artist sketch by David Fuller. Photo: Elizabeth Cook / PA

Fuller has denied murder and his trial is expected to begin next month, the court heard.

Knell, a store manager, was found dead in his living room on the ground floor of Guildford Road on 23 June 1987 after failing to show up for work. Pierce, also from Tunbridge Wells, was attacked five months later outside his home in Grosvenor Park.

She was last seen around midnight on November 24 of that year when she was dropped off by a taxi.

Fuller was remanded in custody before the trial.

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