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Twins’ solid alibi’

PUBLISHED: 16:54 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 August 2010

A PAIR of identical twins accused of battering a disabled photographer to death have an absolutely solid alibi , a court heard. Stuart and James Head, 34, allegedly murdered Nigel Stemp, 54, after a dispute about swapping flats. Mr Stemp s charred body

A PAIR of identical twins accused of battering a disabled photographer to death have an 'absolutely solid alibi', a court heard. Stuart and James Head, 34, allegedly murdered Nigel Stemp, 54, after a dispute about swapping flats.

Mr Stemp's charred body was discovered in his ground-floor apartment at Headley House in Longbury Drive, Orpington on Tuesday, April 17, last year.

The prosecution claim he was killed in the early hours of the Monday morning and then set on fire, but Anthony Glass QC, defending Stuart Head, claimed last Wednesday that Mr Stemp had been seen alive later that day.

He said: "The time of death is really of critical significance in this case. The alibi of each of these two is going to be they were together. They have got an absolutely solid alibi for the Monday."

The Old Bailey heard Stuart Head has an IQ of 53 and is giving evidence with the help of an intermediary because of his learning difficulties. James Head, of Curtismill Way, Orpington, and Stuart Head, of Glendower Crescent, Orpington, deny murder. The trial continues.

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