Brighton woman given six-year sentence over perjured evidence in 1987 murder trial
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A Brighton woman has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment having been convicted of perjury and perverting the course of justice in a murder case.
Jennifer Johnson, 55, had been found guilty of both counts by a jury on majority verdicts at Lewes Crown Court on Monday (17 May) after a month-long trial. She had pleaded not guilty.
On Wednesday 19 May at the same court Johnson was sentenced by Mr Justice Fraser to six years imprisonment on each count, the sentences to run concurrently.
The offences related to statements she made to the police, and evidence she gave at Lewes Crown Court in 1987, during the investigation and prosecution of Russell Bishop for the murders of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway (see their photos above) in Wild Park, Brighton, in October 1986.
The prosecution, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), followed an investigation by detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team.
Sussex Police and members of the families of both victims gave reactions to the convictions at a media briefing on 17 May - see their statements here