Stephen Griffiths charged with murder of three missing Bradford women

27/05/2010

Stephen Griffiths has been charged with murder of three missing Bradford women, announces Peter Mann, Head of CPS West Yorkshire's Complex Casework Unit.

"Following the arrest earlier this week of Stephen Griffiths, the Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police. I have carefully considered all of the evidence provided to me arising from their investigation into the murders of Suzanne Blamires, Shelley Armitage and Susan Rushworth. I have decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge Stephen Griffiths with their murders, and that it is in the public interest to do so.

"Accordingly, I have authorised the police to charge him this afternoon.  He will appear at Bradford Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (Friday 28 May) and he will then be remanded into custody to appear at Bradford Crown Court tomorrow afternoon.

"The events of the last few days have understandably been very upsetting for the families and friends of Suzanne, Shelley, and Susan as well as for the wider public in Bradford.

"Their families have been informed of my decision by the police and I hope soon to be able to meet them and explain the trial process to them and answer any questions they may have.

"Mr Griffiths now stands charged with three extremely serious criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be published that could prejudice his trial."