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Constance Marten and Mark Gordon jury discharged

The jury has been discharged in the trial of aristocrat Constance Marten and her partner Mark Gordon over the death of their newborn baby.

The couple were charged over the death of their daughter Victoria, who died after they fled the authorities to the South Downs in 2023, in an attempt to keep their newborn child after four other children were taken into care.

Marten and Gordon were arrested in Brighton on 27 February 2023, two days before Victoria’s body was found inside a Lidl bag in a disused allotment shed.

There had been a high-profile police search for the missing baby which culminated in the couple’s arrests.

Marten and Gordon were each charged with manslaughter by gross negligence, causing or allowing the death of a child, concealing the birth of a child, child cruelty and perverting the course of justice.

The pair denied all counts and went on trial at the Old Bailey on 25 January. They may face a retrial.

The jury of five women and five men began deliberating on 30 April and have been discharged after more than 72 hours of deliberation.

They heard that pathologists had been unable to establish how Victoria had died because her body was so badly decomposed when she was found.

Judge Mark Lucraft KC gave his β€œsincere and heartfelt thanks” to jurors for their β€œtruly exceptional” dedication. β€œPlease do not feel that you have failed in any way,” he added.

The judge gave them the option of lifetime exemption from jury service.

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