A wheelclamper and bouncer charged with the attempted murder of Isleworth schoolgirl Kate Sheedy and the murders of Amélie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell will not be tried until October.

Levi Bellfield's trial was due to start at the Old Bailey on Monday, but it will now begin until later this year.

The 38-year-old from West Drayton, west London, is also charged with the attempted murder of Irma Dragoshi.

Amelie was 22 when she was attacked on Twickenham Green, in August 2004.

She was bludgeoned to death near the cricket pitch as she walked home after a night out with friends in a local wine bar. The French student had been in the UK for just two months in a bid to improve her English and worked at the Maison Blanc patisserie in Richmond.

Marsha was killed by three hammer blows to the head just yards from her home in Hampton in February 2003. The 19-year-old gap year student was returning from a night out with friends in Kingston.

Kate, who was 18 at the time of the attack, was run over twice in Isleworth in May 2004. She had just got off a bus after a night out in Twickenham to celebrate the end of term at Gumley House School where she was a sixth former.

Irma was attacked as she waited for a bus in Longford Village in December 2003.

Bellfield is also charged with the kidnap and false imprisonment of Anna-Maria Rennie in Twickenham in October 2001.

DCI Colin Sutton said: "The case has been adjourned at the defence's request to give them more time to gather evidence."