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Top lawyer to talk in Shropshire on Hilda Murrell murder

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One of Britain's most famous lawyers is to talk about the murder of Shrewsbury pensioner Hilda Murrell at a special event in the town.

One of Britain's most famous lawyers is to talk about the murder of Shrewsbury pensioner Hilda Murrell at a special event in the town.

Michael Mansfield QC, whose high profile cases have included the Birmingham Six Appeal, the Stephen Lawrence murder, the Bloody Sunday inquiry and the Princess Diana inquest, will be appearing at the Shropshire Wildlife Trust on Wednesday for the talk.

He will be sharing a platform with Miss Murrell's nephew Robert Green, who is launching a new book about the case called A Thorn in Their Side: The Hilda Murrell Murder.

Mr Green claimed the book would present 'explosive new evidence about this suspicious and bizarre case'.

The author claims that new evidence published in his book casts doubt on the conviction of Andrew George, the man serving a life sentence after being convicted of Miss Murrell's abduction and murder following a five-week trial in 2005.

Broadcaster Chris Eldon Lee, who is chairing the event, said: "The reason why Mr Mansfield is attending is due to him lending his authority and weight to the Hilda Murrell case."

Mr Eldon Lee said Mr Mansfield, who has written the foreword to A Thorn in Their Side, would be adding to calls for a reopening of her inquest, as well as the launch of a new inquiry into the affair. Mr Eldon Lee said: "His reputation is impeccable with the Birmingham Six and Princess Diana cases."

The 78-year-old was abducted from her Shrewsbury home and later found dead in a copse in the shadow of Haughmond Hill in 1984.

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She had been repeatedly stabbed, although a post mortem concluded she died of hypothermia.

At the talk in Shrewsbury, there will also be a showing of some rare colour footage of Miss Murrell that was recorded in 1949.

The talk will start at 7pm. For more information, visit www.hildamurrell.org

See also:

  • New book casts doubt on Hilda Murrell conviction
  • Nephew says reopen Hilda Murrell case

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