November trial for Briton accused of prostitute killings

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A man accused of murdering three prostitutes in Britain was on Monday given a provisional trial date of November 16.

Criminology student Stephen Griffiths, 40, appeared at Bradford Crown Court via videolink from nearby Wakefield Prison in Yorkshire, northern England.

Besides the November 16 provisional trial date at Bradford Crown Court, judge James Goss set a review hearing for July 16.

The three sex workers all went missing from Bradford.

The remains of Shelley Armitage, 31, last seen on April 26, were found in the River Aire in nearby Shipley, as were those of 36-year-old Susan Blamires, who went missing on May 21.

Susan Rushworth, 43, has not been seen since last June and her body has yet to be found.

At an earlier court appearance, Griffiths described himself as the "crossbow cannibal", in reference to reports about the case.

The killings in Bradford have evoked memories of the infamous "Yorkshire Ripper", Peter Sutcliffe, who murdered 13 women in the 1970s.

© 2010 AFP

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