Jury in Constance Marten baby death trial resume deliberations

A jury has resumed its deliberations in the trial of fugitive mother Constance Marten.

Wealthy aristocrat Marten, 36, and her partner Mark Gordon, 49, are charged over the death of their daughter Victoria, who died after they went off-grid on the South Downs.

The couple had fled authorities last January in an attempt to keep their newborn child after four other children were taken into care, the Old Bailey trial has heard.

They were arrested in Brighton last February 27, two days before Victoria’s decomposed body was found inside a Lidl bag in a disused allotment shed.

The defendants, of no fixed address, deny manslaughter by gross negligence, perverting the course of justice, concealing the birth of a child, child cruelty, and causing or allowing the death of a child.

The jury began deliberating on verdicts on Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday morning, Judge Mark Lucraft KC sent the 11-strong jury out again to continue deliberating on verdicts.

At 4.30pm, the jury was sent home and told to return to resume deliberations at 11am on Thursday.

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