Yolande Waddington: Witness quizzed over nanny murder

Yolande Waddington Yolande Waddington was last seen alive on 28 October 1966

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A man giving evidence from hospital about the murder of a teenager in Berkshire 46 years ago has been asked if he killed the victim.

David Burgess, 64, denies murdering Yolande Waddington, 17, in the village of Beenham in October 1966.

Peter Jagger, who is in Salisbury Hospital, had employed Miss Waddington as a nanny days before her death.

Her body was found near Mr Jagger's farm and Mr Burgess's defence counsel asked whether he had killed her.

Mr Jagger, 74, had a breathing tube in his nose when he gave evidence via a video link.

'Inappropriate relationship'

The former farmer told the court about the day he found Miss Waddington's body in a ditch. He said: "It is clear in my memory."

The defence asked Mr Jagger about his relationships with other women, in particular a 20-year-old Swedish au pair called Sonja who he had employed.

Joel Bennathan QC said Mr Jagger was "inappropriate" with the au pair. He was caught lying on her bed, had tried to take her top off in some woods and grabbed her as she bent over the cot of his infant daughter.

In response, Mr Jagger sighed and said: "I must have found her attractive."

Asking Mr Jagger about his relationship with Miss Waddington, the QC said: "Did you make advances to that young girl?"

He replied: "No, I didn't."

Asking about the night Miss Waddington disappeared, the defence counsel asked: "Did you go to the barn, have sex with her, have an argument and kill her?"

Mr Jagger replied: "No."

Previously the court heard evidence from three prison officers who said Mr Burgess, from Beenham, had confessed to the murder.

All three men were prison officers working in the high security wing at Durham Prison, where the then 21-year-old Mr Burgess was starting a life sentence for double murder.

Miss Waddington was last seen alive at the Six Bells pub on the evening of Friday 28 October 1966.

The case continues.

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