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Michelle Hadaway comments following BBC’s Statement on loss of clothes of her daughter, Karen Hadaway

Posted on 5 October 2023

Following the statement made today by the BBC regarding the loss of her daughter Karen Hadaway’s clothes, Michelle Hadaway, made the following comments: 

After my daughter's killer was found not guilty at his first trial, the police gave me back the clothes in which she was murdered. Martin Bashir then came to my home and took those clothes. He told me that he would use them to prove that Russell Bishop had murdered my daughter and that he would make a programme about this called Public Eye. Instead, Mr Bashir disappeared, never made the programme and denied having ever met me.  

I will never get Karen's clothes back and that is something I think about every day. Nothing will take away that devastation or the pain caused by the actions of Mr Bashir, and I do not understand how he remained able to work for the BBC for so long, ruining so many lives. I would, however, like to thank Tim Davie, Director-General of the BBC, for meeting with me and helping to bring this matter to a close.” 

A spokesperson for Mishcon de Reya, who represent Mrs Hadaway, said: 

"Michelle Hadaway has had to fight for almost forty years for justice and accountability following the tragic murder of her daughter, Karen, and Karen’s best friend, Nicola, in 1986. We have been privileged to work with Mrs Hadaway in this matter. Today's settlement with the BBC takes Mrs Hadaway one step closer to some form of closure."

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