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MURDER TRIAL: Man accused of murdering Weybread couple tells court he is not killer

Sylvia and Peter Stuart, of Weybread.
Sylvia and Peter Stuart, of Weybread.

A man arrested for the murder of a Suffolk couple has today told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that he did not kill them.

The man, who the prosecution say is Ali Qazimaj, also said that he was actually called Vital Dapi and had never before been to the UK.

The man prosecutors say is Ali Qazimaj, but who claims to be called Vital Dapi.
The man prosecutors say is Ali Qazimaj, but who claims to be called Vital Dapi.

The defendant is charged with the murders of Peter and Sylvia Stuart from Weybread. He has pleaded not guilty to both alleged offences.

While the body of Mr Stuart was found partially submerged in a stream at the rear of the couple’s home, the body of Mrs Stuart has never been found although the jury have been told there is compelling forensic evidence to say that she too is dead.

Giving evidence, the defendant said he did not kill either Peter or Sylvia Stuart and said he had never heard of them before his arrest.

He was detained at a hostel in Luxembourg and extradited to the UK in July last year which was the first time he had been in the Britain, he claimed.

The defendant claimed that he was born in Albania and had never used the name Ali Qazimaj.

The man told the jury at that he was unable to explain how his fingerprints came to be found on a car abandoned in a street in Dover.

Ali Qazimaj — who says he has been a victim of mistaken identity — said the fingerprints had not been made by him.

He said: “No, it was not me. I don’t know how they got there.”

The trial, now in its third week, has heard forensic evidence, including fingerprints and DNA samples, together with evidence from people who said they knew the defendant when he lived in south Essex, which the prosecution say identifies the defendant as the Stuart’s killer.

The trial continues.

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