Two cleared of assisting murder suspect

Two men have been cleared of helping murder suspect Christopher Caunter flee the country following the death of his fiancee on a Suffolk road.Joseph Brown, 38, of Romford, Essex, and Michael Briggs, 40, of Barking, Essex, were cleared by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court today of impeding the apprehension of a suspect.

Two men have been cleared of helping murder suspect Christopher Caunter flee the country following the death of his fiancee on a Suffolk road.

Joseph Brown, 38, of Romford, Essex, and Michael Briggs, 40, of Barking, Essex, were cleared by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court today of impeding the apprehension of a suspect.

Christopher Caunter, 38, is accused of murdering his fiancée by reversing his Land Rover over her head on a Suffolk road in July 2005, after arguing with her while the pair had been staying in Lowestoft.

At an earlier hearing the court were told that Caunter and Deborah Townsend, 35, travelled to Suffolk after Caunter's construction company came under investigation by the Inland Revenue.

Briggs and Brown were accused of helping Caunter to travel to Thailand following the death of Ms Townsend, and helping to dispose of Ms Townsend's body and clothing.

Caunter was arrested in Thailand and extradited back to the UK to face the murder charge earlier this year.

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The jury are continuing their deliberation on the murder charge faced by Caunter.

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