Camden News - by DAN CARRIER Published: 8 January 2009
Chappelow jury set to deliberate
THE Old Bailey judge overseeing the trial of a man accused of killing Hampstead pensioner Alan Chappelow has spent this week summing up the three-month case. Trial judge Mr Justice Ouseley told the jury that the Crown’s case against Wang Yam, 47, “essentially found that the person who stole Mr Chappelow’s identity was the same person responsible for the killing.” The reclusive millionaire was found dead in his semi-derelict Downshire Hill home in June 2006.
Yesterday morning (Wednesday), the judge told the court that Yam, of Denning Road, in Hampstead, had admitted being the man identified by police officers as the person who paid four of Mr Chappelow’s cheques into an HSBC bank account.
Wang Yam, a Chinese national granted political asylum in the UK in 1992, denies murder.
Mr Justice Ouseley is expected to finish his summing up today (Thursday) and send the jury out to deliberate on Friday.