Live updates


A murderer's chilling re-enactment of his first killing

A video released by Essex Police reveals the chilling moment double murderer James Fairweather re-enacts the killing of one of his victims.

The interview was conducted when he was arrested in May 2014. In it 17-year-old James Fairweather describes stabbing James Attfield in Colchester in 2014.

He also describes voices in his head telling him to do it.

Mr Attfield was the first of two victims. The other was Nahid Almanea a student living in Essex who was murdered later that year.

University issues tribute to bright student Nahid Almanea

The University of Essex has issued the following tribute to student Nahid Almanea after 17-year-old James Fairweather was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court of her murder and the murder of James Attfield.

Nahid was a bright, talented and conscientious member of our University community. She was a considerate and well-respected student on our English Language Programme and is missed by her teachers and fellow students. We will continue to honour her memory through the Almanea Scholarship for Science, which is offered to overseas students studying science or health-related subjects at postgraduate level.”

– Registrar of the University of Essex, Bryn Morris


BREAKING: teenager in double killing guilty of murder

A 17-year-old from Colchester has been found guilty of murdering two people in 2014.

The accused had admitted the manslaughter of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denied the murders.

James Fairweather Credit: Facebook
Nahid Almanea and James Attfield Credit: Essex Police

Jury in Colchester murder trial sent home for day

Nahid Almanea and James Attfield were killed in Colchester in 2014. Credit: ITV Anglia/Essex Police

The jury in the trial of a teenager accused of two murders in Colchester in 2014 have been sent home for the day.

They began their deliberations earlier today after the judge had finished summing up the case.

The accused - a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons - admitted the manslaughter of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but he denies murdering them.

Colchester murder trial: Jury hears school reports that branded the accused teenager a "thug"

Police searching parts of Colchester in 2014 Credit: ITV News Anglia

A jury has been told how a teenager, who killed two strangers in Colchester, turned from a quiet and well-behaved six-year-old to a high school thug who was violent to fellow pupils.

Guildford Crown Court also heard the 17-year-old, who's too young to be named, claimed he heard voices urging him to kill his own parents.

He's admitted manslaughter but is on trial for the murder of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea, which he denies.

Click below to hear the latest from our correspondent Matthew Hudson at Guildford Crown Court...

Load more updates