Date set for 'Crossbow Cannibal' trial

A PROVISIONAL trial date was set today for a criminology student accused of murdering three prostitutes.

Stephen Griffiths, 40, appeared at Bradford Crown Court via videolink where lawyers fixed a timetable for future hearings and set a provisional trial date of November 16.

During a 29-minute hearing Griffiths, who referred to himself as the "crossbow cannibal" at a previous appearance, spoke only to confirm his name and sat through the majority of the proceedings with his arms folded, leaning on a desk at Wakefield Prison with his head bowed.

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Relatives of his three alleged victims looked on from the jury box.