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Jury to resume deliberations in Betty Yates trial

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.

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