Former teacher admitted to cold case murder in jail, Australian court hears

  • 29/09/2015
Louise Bell (AAP)
Louise Bell (AAP)

A former teacher who has pleaded not guilty to killing a 10-year-old girl in 1983 admitted to the death whilst in prison, an Australian court has heard.

The death of Louise Bell is one of South Australia's longest unsolved murder cases, with 67-year-old Dieter Pfenning now on trial for killing her, AAP reports.

His trial in the South Australian Supreme Court began yesterday with Crown prosecutor Sandi McDonald telling the court Pfenning allegedly admitted killing Louise to fellow inmates in prison.

"I did it. I took her. It was an accident. I killed her," Pfenning allegedly said, telling another "I know where she is".

The Crown said it would link Pfenning to the girl's death with DNA samples taken when a comprehensive review of the case was undertaken in 2012.

Pfenning, who was charged with murder in 2013, is accused of taking Louise's body from her parents' home on January 4, 1983.

Louise's body was never found and the Crown says it is impossible that 30 years on she is still alive.

The judge-alone trial is ongoing.

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