THE man behind Old Bailey Insight and Legal London Tours is Tim Wood, who has more than 30 years’ experience of working at the Old Bailey as a court reporter. He has built up a wealth of knowledge about the Criminal Justice System and the newspaper industry, and has covered the Old Bailey cases that gripped the nation.
Tim’s father, Joe, set up the Joe Wood Agency in the early 1970’s. It provided copy on countless high-profile cases for the British and international Press. Trials covered by Tim himself include those of the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ serial killer Peter Sutcliffe; millionaire novelist and politician Jeffrey Archer, who was jailed for four years after being found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice, and of Ian Huntley, who was convicted of murdering Soham schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
Although Tim says he has “done it all”, certain trials remain particularly hard to handle. He said: “As a reporter you develop a professional detachment to most cases, it is a bit like watching TV. But I still find myself becoming emotional in baby murders.
“One of the first I covered was back in 1984, involving a two-year-old girl called Heidi Koseda. She was locked away by her stepfather in an uncarpeted, unheated room and left to starve to death, while the rest of the family carried on as normal. Her mummified body was found in a bedroom cupboard by a social worker.
“A post mortem showed bits of nappy in her stomach, which she had eaten in a desperate attempt to keep herself alive.
“Her stepfather, Nicholas Price, was jailed for life for murder and her mother, Rosemary Koseda, was convicted of manslaughter.
“I can still remember Price in the witness box weeping and pretending he did not know she was there.
“The thought of that frightened, unloved little girl, whimpering and slowly dying all alone, just feet from the rest of her family, still sends shivers down my spine.”