Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CARR WEEPS ON VIDEO LINK; Caretaker's Partner Breaks Down as She Gives Evidence Are You All Right? Asks the Judge. 'I Am - Yeah' She Says

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CARR WEEPS ON VIDEO LINK; Caretaker's Partner Breaks Down as She Gives Evidence Are You All Right? Asks the Judge. 'I Am - Yeah' She Says

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Byline: HARRIET ARKELL;GRAHAM KEELEY

MAXINE CARR broke down and sobbed today as she answered charges in connection with the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

Carr, 25, appeared before a judge sitting at Peterborough Crown Court via a video link from Holloway women's prison where she is being held.

At first the former teaching assistant, wearing a Daffy Duck sweatshirt, smiled. But as the 30-minute hearing went on, Carr, who is accused of perverting the course of justice, appeared to be on the point of tears. At times she held her head in her hands.

Then as Judge Nicholas Coleman adjourned the case for 28 days, Carr was heard sobbing as she leaned forward and put her head again into her hands.

Christopher Bramwell, prosecuting, had applied for the case to be adjourned for 56 days while police conduct further inquiries and forensic tests are completed. Asked by the judge if Carr could face further charges, Mr Bramwell replied: "I am reluctant to answer that because at the moment I don't know those lines of inquiry." But he did not rule out the possibility that there could be further charges.

Mark Norman, defending, did not oppose the application for an adjournment but said that an adjournment of 28 days should be sufficient for police to decide what case they were going to bring against Carr.

While the argument was going on Carr appeared at times to have a blank look on her face. At another point she looked up to the ceiling.

There was no application for bail. Carr's boyfriend Ian Huntley, 28, is charged with the murder and abduction of Holly and Jessica.

The two girls vanished from Soham in Cambridgeshire on 4 August and their bodies were found 13 days later in Suffolk.

As the case finished Judge Coleman asked Carr if she was all right. In a weak voice she replied: "I am - yeah." A prison officer sat beside her for the duration of the hearing.

Carr spoke softly to confirm her personal details and to confirm that she could hear the proceedings. …

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