Newall murder case charge to be dropped

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A MURDER charge against one of two brothers accused of killing their wealthy parents six years ago is to be dropped, it was confirmed yesterday.

Mark Newall, 27, a Paris-based banker, was remanded with his 28- year-old brother, Roderick, for a week when he appeared at Jersey police court.

Roderick, a former Army lieutenant, has admitted murdering Nicholas Newall, 56, a Lloyd's member, and Elizabeth Newall, 47, at their bungalow on the island. Mark has denied murdering his parents in October 1987, but has admitted aiding the secret burial of the bodies.

David Le Quesne, the brothers' advocate, told the court that Mark Newall would not be facing a charge of murdering his parents when he appears in Jersey's police court on 27 January for committal.

Jersey's Attorney General's office yesterday released a statement, saying: 'The acting Attorney General confirmed that his predecessor had written to Advocate Le Quesne indicating that the prosecution would be seeking the committal of Mark Newall on a charge of being an accessory to the murder of his parents.

'He said that it remained the intention of the prosecution to invite the magistrate to commit Mark Newall on that charge alone.'