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The Louise Bell murder case

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016


* Former maths and science teacher Dieter Pfennig, 68, has been found guilty of murdering Louise Bell.

* The disappearance of 10-year-old Louise Bell in 1983 has been one of SA's most high-profile and enduring cold cases.

* Her abduction sparked a police search of unprecedented scale in suburban Adelaide.

* DNA evidence found on Louise's pyjama top linked Pfennig in 2013 to the schoolgirl.

* Defence claimed DNA could be on the top through contact with Pfennig's daughter, who played sport with Louise.

* Pfennig chose not to give evidence in his own defence.

* Witnesses included Pfennig's daughter, a librarian, a student, police officers and forensic specialists.

* Prosecutors said Pfennig admitted killing Louise to fellow inmates while in jail for murdering another child.

* The Supreme Court trial before Justice Michael David sat without a jury.

* Raymond Geesing was originally convicted of Louise's murder but the decision was quashed on appeal.

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