Betty Yates was found dead at her home

Jurors in Betty Yates trial sent out

Jurors in the trial of Stephen Farrow, accused of the murders of a vicar and retired teacher, have been sent out to begin deliberations.

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Jury to resume deliberations in Betty Yates trial

Former pupils of Betty Yates pay their respects
Former pupils of Betty Yates pay their respects Credit: PA

The jury will resume its deliberations in the trial of a man accused of the murders of a vicar in Gloucestershire and a retired teacher in Worcestershire.

Stephen Farrow, 48, admits the manslaughter of the Rev John Suddards but denies murdering the clergyman between February 12 and 15 on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He also denies the murder of Betty Yates between January 1 and 5. Both victims were found stabbed in their homes.

Farrow, of no fixed address, admits the separate charge of burgling Vine Cottage, in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, between December 21 last year and January 3 this year. The three charges span a period of eight weeks with "distinct" links between them, the jury were told.

Betty Yates trial: jury to resume deliberations

Jurors in the trial of a homeless drifter accused of the murders of retired teacher Betty Yates in Worcestershire and a vicar in South Gloucestershire will resume their deliberations this morning.

Stephen Farrow, 48, admits the manslaughter of Rev John Suddards but denies murder between February 12 and 15 this year on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

His also denies the murder of Betty Yates between January 1 and 5 this year. Both victims were found stabbed in their homes.

For more on this see ITV West.

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Man accused of murder described in court as "a very dark person"

Batty Yates was a retired school teacher who lived in Bewdley Credit: West Mercia Police

The man accused of murdering a retired school teacher in Worcestershire has been described in court as a very dark person.

Stephen Farrow is on trial for the murder of Betty Yates, who was killed in her home in Bewdley and Reverend John Suddards from Gloucestershire. A forensic psychiatrist told the court that Farrow showed psychopathic characteristics.

He said Farrow had been an uncontrollable child who had shot a swan with an air gun and killed other people's pets.

Farrow denies murdering Reverend Suddards but admits his manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He denies the murder of Betty Yates. The trial continues

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