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Chester murder trial latest: Jury to resume deliberations next week

A JURY considering its verdict in the case of a couple accused of murdering a debt collector will not resume their deliberations until Tuesday.

A JURY considering its verdict in the case of a couple accused of murdering a debt collector will not resume their deliberations until Tuesday.

Scott Davidson, 23, and Rachael Horton, 19, deny a joint enterprise to murder Martin Ithell, of Boughton, Chester, at their house in Frodsham on March 11.

The jury at Liverpool Crown Court was sent out to consider its verdict by Judge Clement Goldstone QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, at 1pm on Thursday.

The jury who have not reached a verdict have re-examined court exhibit items, including the shotgun that was used in the killing of Martin Ithell and two suspect kitchen knives, one of which was used in the stabblng, as well as his watch and a photograph of Martin Ithell’s mobile phone. 

The court has heard how Mr Ithell bled to death from a shotgun wound to the heart and stab wounds to the neck.

The prosecution says the former lovers sought to kill 49-year-old Mr Ithell, a friend of Davidson, because they had no way of repaying him the  £26,000 they owed.

The jury of six men and six women was told Davidson, a Chester doorman, spent the money on household bills, the purchase of a high-performance Subaru Impreza car and insurance for that vehicle.

Judge Clement Goldstone QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, told them he was seeking verdicts for each defendant on which every jury member was agreed.

He ordered that no juror should discuss the case with anyone outside the jury room.

Family members, including the parents of the defendants as well as the girlfriend and brother of the deceased, have been waiting anxiously outside court.

The trial continues.

 

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