Author murder trial to be held in secret despite media challenge - Press Gazette

Author murder trial to be held in secret despite media challenge

Parts of a murder trial will be held in secret it was ruled today, despite a legal challenge from the BBC and six national newspapers.

The murder trial of Wang Yam, who is accused of killing millionaire author Allan Chapelow last year will now be closed to journalists as witnesses give evidence.

Mr Justice Ouseley said the prosecution had made a ‘compelling’case at the Old Bailey for parts of Wang Yam’s trial to be held in camera.

The application on the grounds of the administration of justice and national security was opposed by the BBC, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph titles and the Daily Mirror which were all represented in a pre-trial hearing yesterday by Gavin Millar QC.

Yam, 46, pleads not guilty to murdering Chappelow between May 4 and June 14, 2006 and is due to go on trial next week. He also denies stealing £20 belonging to the 86-year-old and obtaining a money transfer of £20,000 by pretending to be the writer. He also denies burglary at Mr Chappelow’s Hampstead home.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Chappelow died from head injuries.

Mr Chappelow’s books included works on the playwright George Bernard Shaw entitled Shaw The Chucker-Out: A Biographical Exposition And Critique, and Shaw The Villager And Human Being.

He also wrote Russian Holiday, which was published in 1955.