Essex

Teen to face trial for James Attfield and Nahid Almanea murders

Nahid Almanea and James Attfield
Image caption Nahid Almanea was killed three months after James Attfield

A teenager who admitted killing two people in separate attacks while they were out walking is to face trial for murder, prosecutors have said.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of James Attfield, 33, and Saudi student Nahid Almanea, 31.

He denied a more serious murder charge, which prosecutors have decided to pursue.

His trial will begin in April, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

The boy, who was 15 at the time, cannot be named for legal reasons.

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Image caption James Attfield was found in Lower Castle Park, while Nahid Almanea was on Salary Brook Trail near the University of Essex

The Daily Gazette, which first reported the story, said prosecutors had been given time to consider whether to pursue the murder charges or accept the lesser pleas.

Both died in Colchester in 2014.

Mr Attfield was found stabbed at Lower Castle Park and died in hospital on 29 March 2014.

Miss Almanea was attacked and died on on 17 June 2014, at Salary Brook Trail near the University of Essex where she was studying English.

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