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What You Don’t Know About Missing Cambridge Teenager: Bernadette Walker Biography, Wiki, Age, Net Worth, Family, Facebook, Instagram and More

Bernadette Walker
Bernadette Walker

Who is Bernadette Walker?

Bernadette Walker was a teenage photography student who was murdered by her father to silence her claims that he sexually abused her. Jurors were told both her parents then sent messages from her phone pretending to be her and saying she had run away to divert investigating officers.

Walker was last seen alive on July 18 last year when her father Scott Walker collected her in the car from his parents’ house in Peterborough where she had stayed overnight, Cambridge Crown Court heard. Lisa Wilding QC, opening the prosecution case, said Bernadette’s body has not been found.

She was also known as Bea.

How old was Bernadette Walker?

Bernadette Walker was 17 years old at the time of death.

Bernadette Walker Parents

Lisa Wilding QC said the girl’s father and her 38-year-old mother Sarah Walker formed an ‘unholy alliance’, in a nine-minute phone call on July 18, to cover up her death. Her mother did not report her missing to police until July 21, the prosecution says.

Ms. Wilding said Bernadette, who wore glasses, had a habit of dying her hair in rainbow colors, was described by friends as ‘something of a goth’ and ‘socially awkward, with many of her friendships online.

Ms. Wilding said that on July 16, Bernadette told her mother that her father ‘had been sexually abusing her over a number of years.

‘Mother and daughter spoke about that allegation that night and into the following morning,’ said Ms. Wilding.

‘Sarah Walker told Bernadette that she did not believe her.

What Happened To Bernadette Walker?

‘The following day, it was decided that Bernadette should go and spend the night with her paternal grandparents while things calmed down a little.’

Bernadette’s father dropped her at her grandparents’ house on the evening of July 17 and he collected her the following morning, prosecutors say.

‘Since the day she disappeared she has not used or sought to access her telephone or social media accounts, she has had access to no money or banking and has not been seen at any hospital or other surgery,’ said Ms. Wilding.

‘No-one who knew her or loved her has heard from her since that day… She is presumed dead and, as you will come to hear, it’s likely that her body was disposed of, probably in the countryside in the hours that followed her killing.

Scott and Sarah Walker

‘The prosecution alleges that Scott Walker killed Bea to prevent her from pursuing her allegations of sexual abuse any further. ‘He then enlisted the help of her mother, his wife, to cover his tracks and to provide them both with some time to formulate the next part of their plan.

‘In those hours and days in which they hid her disappearance from everyone and deliberately set a false trail, they achieved their goal. ‘They diverted the investigation into her disappearance and death for sufficiently long and sufficiently well, that any hope of finding Bea’s body disappeared with her.

‘To this day, neither of them accepts that Bea is dead.’

Bernadette Walker Found

Ms. Wilding said that Scott Walker collected Bernadette from his parents’ home between 10 am and 11 am on July 18. ‘When her grandparents said goodbye to Bernadette that morning, it was the last time that they, or anyone other than Scott Walker, saw her alive,’ said Ms Wilding.

‘At 11.23 am on July 18 Scott Walker’s telephone, which was usually in regular use, was off.

‘It remained off until 12.54 pm and the prosecution says that in that hour and a half he killed Bea.’

She said when his phone reconnected to the network at 12.54 pm the first call he made was to Sarah Walker, which lasted for more than nine minutes.

‘As you will come to see from all of the evidence, the only sensible conclusion that can be drawn from that telephone call is that Scott Walker told his wife that he had killed Bernadette and needed her help, immediately, to cover up Bea’s disappearance and death,’ said Ms. Wilding.

‘The story they concocted in that call, and which both relied on from that moment on, even until now, was that Scott had stopped the car on the short drive home to confront Bea about her allegations, that Bea jumped out of the car when he pulled over and that she ran off.

‘Then, that Scott tried and failed to run after her and so returned home without her.

Bernadette Walker Update

She said Bernadette’s parents ‘selfishly and ruthlessly … maintained their lying accounts which were designed to protect only themselves.’ Both were arrested more than six weeks later, Ms. Wilding said.

Scott Walker denies Bernadette’s murder on or after July 18 last year and four counts of perverting the course of justice.

Sarah Walker denies two counts of perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

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