Murder trial jury still out

THE jury in the trial of a businessman accused of murdering his fiancée will continue trying to reach verdicts today after more than 26 hours of discussions.

THE jury in the trial of a businessman accused of murdering his fiancée will continue trying to reach verdicts today after more than 26 hours of discussions.

The jury retired to consider its verdicts last Monday on Christopher Caunter, 35, of Hullbridge, Essex, who has denied murdering his 35-year-old girlfriend Deborah Townsend and three other men who are accused of helping him after Ms Townsend's death in July 2005.

Yesterday after deliberating for a total of 26 hours during the last week the jury was sent home and told to return to court today.

During the seven week trial it has been alleged that Christopher Caunter deliberately drove over Ms Townsend's head on the A146 at Beccles.

Giving evidence Caunter claimed that Ms Townsend died after jumping out of his Land Rover Discovery during a row.

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