Bernadette Walker Bio/Wiki
A court heard that a teen named Bernadette Walker who vanished last summer and whose body was never recovered was murdered by her father to conceal her allegation that he se*ually abused her.
Bernadette Walker, a Peterborough photography student, was last seen alive on July 18, 2017, when her father, Scott Walker, 51, picked her up from his parents’ house, where she had spent the night.
The adolescent “has practically never been seen again,” said Lisa Wilding QC, who opened the prosecution case.
She was 17 years old.
Murdered By Father Full Details
Bernadette’s parents informed the police she had ran away and sent letters to friends and family pretending to be her to distract detectives, according to the court.
The girl’s father and her 38-year-old mother, Sarah Walker, forged an “unholy partnership” to “mislead, divert, and corrupt” the police inquiry and cover up Bernadette’s death, according to Wilding.
Wilding said, “If ever there was parental love and duty, it was gone,”
According to the prosecution, her mother did not report her missing to the police until July 21. Bernadette, also known as Bea, told her mother on the 16th of July, two days before she vanished, that her father “had been se*ually assaulting her for a number of years.”
Wilding said, “Sarah Walker told Bernadette that she did not believe her,” and it was decided she should spend the night with her grandparents “while things calmed down”.
“No one who knew her or loved her has heard from her since her father picked her up the next morning,” Wilding said, adding that Bernadette had not used her phone or social media accounts since then, and had no money.
She told the court, “She is presumed dead and… it’s likely that her body was disposed of, possibly in the countryside in the hours following her killing.” “The prosecution claims Scott Walker killed Bernadette in order to prevent her from taking her se*ual abuse allegations any further.”
Bernadette, according to Wilding, dressed as a “kind of Goth” and dyed her hair in rainbow colors. Her pals characterized her as “socially uncomfortable,” and she made a lot of her friends on the internet.
Scott Walker claims Bernadette leaped out of the car and ran away on the way home from his parents’ house, and that he tried and failed to chase her down before coming home, according to the court.
Bernadette’s parents then hacked into her social media accounts and sent phony messages from her phone, which was still in their possession, in order to “create a false trail to explain their later failure to report her missing to the police,” according to the court.
By diverting the investigation for so long, “any prospect of locating Bea’s body vanished with her,” according to Wilding.
She said, “They lied to everyone around them … about her disappearance and they were unflinching in their pursuit of their devious, wicked plan,”.
Both were captured after more than six weeks. Wilding said, “To this day, neither of them accepts that Bea is dead,”
Scott Walker denies murdering Bernadette and four charges of perverting the course of justice on or after July 18, last year.
Sarah Walker is accused of perverting the course of justice on two counts.