Jean Bellfield and John Lee the mother and stepfather of the triple murderer Levi Bellfield are going to stand trial for allegedly harassing the killer’s former partner and her family. They were accused of deliberately driving past Emma Mill’s home on several occasions.
They were also charged with intimidating Miss Mill’s mother’s home and the school where one of her children went.
A date for the pair’s trial was set by magistrates, despite Bellfield not yet entering a plea to the single charge.
Proceedings had been adjourned from March 28 because 75-year-old Bellfield was too sick to attend and magistrates instructed that she must be at court in person on Thursday.
However, counsel for both defendants, told the court that she suffered from emphysema and other problems and that she was ill again on Thursday.
Bellfield and 72-year-old Lee are jointly charged under section two of the Protection from Harassment Act 1977 that between September 14 last year and January 7 this year, at Esher in Surrey, they pursued a course of conduct which amounted to harassment of Emma Mills, and which they knew or would have known amounted to harassment.
The charge specifies that on September 14 they ‘deliberately drove past the home address of Emma Mills’, an act allegedly repeated three days later and then again on two unspecified occasions between September 27 and 29.
On January 5 this year they were apparently spotted in Farm Road, in Esher, close to Emma Mill’s home and also near to Esher High School, where one of the victim’s children was a pupil at the time.
Two days after that they were alleged to have been near the home of Emma Mills’ mother, Gillian.
The counsel for the defendants asked for magistrates to proceed with the case against Lee but adjourn the matter in Bellfield’s case so that defence solicitors could consult with her doctors and try to get instructions from her.
Darren Matravers, prosecuting at Staines Magistrates Court, Surrey, said he had no objection in principle to the proposed course of action.
Presiding Magistrate Malcolm Bond ordered that a trial date be set down for July 2, at Staines, to be continued on July 5.
He released Lee on bail on the same conditions as before.
Both the defendants, who live together in Feltham, Middlesex, are banned from entering four named roads in Esher and from contacting Miss Mills, her mother and a neighbour, all of whom are prosecution witnesses.