On March 21, 2002, 13 year old Milly Dowler disappeared in Walton on Thames. The murdered Surrey schoolgirl, was bullied over her looks when she started secondary school, the Old Bailey has heard. Her best friend Hannah MacDonald said Milly told her she was called names at Heathside School, Weybridge.
Hannah gave evidence at the trial of Levi Bellfield, and said said Milly told her she tried to cut her wrists with a dinner knife but did not break the skin. Miss McDonald said they made friends during a school trip to Germany and while they were on holiday Milly told her she had suffered minor bullying at Heathside School, in Weybridge, Surrey.
She added: “She did mention that prior to going on the trip she had a fall-out with girls in her form. Then I met Milly and we became friends.” The court was told Milly had been called “big nose” and other names and was sensitive about her nostrils. Miss McDonald added: “I think it was fairly trivial. At the time of our friendship, she was not depressed but she was depressed during the bullying in year seven. “She was a joker. She would always make you smile. She had funny voices she used.” BBC
Other friends also testified. George Reid said Milly would chat to him if she was upset at school. Milly was “her usual, bubbly self” on the morning of her disappearance, according to Elize Lomas. Cheryl Fryer, who had been at the Brownies with Milly, said: “I do not believe that Amanda would go anywhere with a stranger because she is too sensible.”
Amanda Dowler’s remains, who was also known as Milly, six months after her disappearance in woods in Yateley Heath, Hampshire. Bellfield, 42, denies murdering her, and also denies attempting to kidnap another girl the day before.