Terrifying images have surfaced of a teenage girl laughing with her mother on a playground ride before helping to hide her daughter’s murder in an “unholy alliance” with her partner.
Bernadette Walker was last seen alive on July 18 last year when Scott Walker – whom she called her father but not her biological father – picked her up from her grandparents’ home in Peterborough.
The 17-year-old had alleged that Walker had sexually abused her “for a number of years”, and prosecutors allege that he killed her in order “to stop pursuing her allegations of sexual abuse.”
Walker, 51, was found guilty of murder and perverting the course of justice and Bernadette’s mother Sarah Walker, 38, was convicted of perverting the course of justice.
The pair were accused of forming an “unholy alliance” to mislead investigators by claiming she had run away.
Bernadette Walker was last seen alive on July 18 last year when Scott Walker picked her up from her grandparents’ home in Peterborough
Footage has surfaced of 17-year-old laughing and laughing with her mother on a playground ride before she was murdered
Now images have surfaced of Bernadette, nicknamed Bea, laughing with her mother on a playground roundabout just months before she was murdered.
Sarah’s mother Pat, from Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, said her granddaughter was a “happy girl” and “her mother’s best friend.”
She said The sun: “Bea always seemed such a happy girl. She got along so well with her mother, she was her mother’s best friend.
“I think Scott persuaded my daughter to do what she did, she never would have done it if she was on her own.
“She loved Bea, but after making allegations of sexual abuse against her father, Sarah was afraid that she would lose her, she would be taken away.”
In July Sarah, Bernadette’s mother, who changed her surname and that of all her children to Walker’s, stood before the Cambridge Crown Court with her partner and was found guilty of perverting the course of justice, saying “believe ‘ or ‘know’ ‘her daughter was dead.
After Bernadette’s murder, she and Walker hacked into her social media accounts and phone, posting fake messages to make it look like she ran away.
Bernadette’s body has never been found, but was told during a six-week trial that she disappeared on July 18 last year shortly after making allegations of sexual abuse against her father.
Walker said Bernadette ran away from his car when he stopped the vehicle, but jurors rejected his account.
The prosecution said Bernadette told her mother on July 16 that Scott Walker had sexually abused her “for several years,” but that Sarah Walker did not believe her daughter’s accusations.
Scott Walker told jurors that Bernadette’s sexual abuse allegations were “false.”
Bernadette’s mother Sarah Walker (pictured together), 38, was convicted this year of disrupting justice
Scott Walker and Sarah Walker were accused of forming an ‘unholy alliance’ to deceive investigators into claiming she ran away
The prosecution said Bernadette had to stay overnight with Scott Walker’s parents on July 17 “while things calmed down a bit,” while Scott Walker picked her up on July 18, when she was last seen alive.
Sarah Walker reported Bernadette missing to police in the early hours of July 21.
Lisa Wilding, the prosecutor, said Scott Walker formed an “unholy alliance” with Bernadette’s mother to cover up the girl’s death, sending messages from Bernadette’s phone to give the impression that she was still alive.
Sarah Walker twice confessed to disrupting justice by sending messages from Bernadette’s phone after she disappeared and by providing false information to police regarding her disappearance.
Scott Walker was also found guilty of two counts of perverting the course of justice.
Ms Wilding said Scott Walker’s phone, “normally used regularly,” was out between 11:23 a.m. and 12:54 a.m. on July 18.
Scott Walker was found guilty of murder and disrupting the course of justice
“The prosecution says he killed Bea in that hour and a half,” she said.
Prosecutors said Scott Walker killed her to “prevent her from continuing her sexual abuse allegations.”
Ms. Wilding said that when Scott Walker’s phone reconnected to the network at 12:54 PM, the first call he made was to Sarah Walker, which took over nine minutes.
“The only sensible conclusion that can be drawn from that phone call is that Scott Walker told his wife that he killed Bernadette and needed her help immediately to cover up Bea’s disappearance and death, and to give them both time to sort it out.” what should be done now,” said Mrs. Wilding.
“The story they made up in that phone call, and which they both relied on from then on, even to this point, was that Scott had stopped the car on the short drive home to confront Bea with her allegations that Bea got out of the car. had jumped when he stopped and she ran away.
“Then Scott tried to run after her and failed, so he returned home without her.
“From that moment on, Scott and Sarah Walker – Bea’s own mother and father – were united, the prosecution says, in an unholy alliance designed and intended to mislead, divert and twist the inevitable investigation into the disappearance and eventual death. . from Bea Walker.’