Stephen Farrow Trial

The trial has begun of a man charged with murdering a vicar at his home in South Gloucestershire.

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Farrow jury to resume deliberations

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

Stephen Farrow admits the manslaughter of Rev John Suddards but denies murdering the clergyman 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.

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Farrow jury out

Jurors in the trial of a homeless drifter accused of the murders of a Thornbury vicar and a retired teacher have been sent out to start their deliberations.

Stephen Farrow, admits the manslaughter of Rev John Suddards but denies murdering the clergyman.

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

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Latest update in Stephen Farrow trial

by Richard Payne
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At Bristol Crown Court for double murder trial of Stephen #Farrow. After yesterday's video link appearance, defendant is again absent.

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He admits manslaughter of Rev John Suddards at vicarage in Thornbury, S Glos on grounds of diminished responsibility. Denies murder. #Farrow

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Stephen #Farrow also denies murder of Worcs. 77 yo Betty Yates in Jan, a month before vicar's death. Both had been stabbed.

Court hears Farrow had 'personality disorder'

A jury has heard how Stephen Farrow, the man accused of murdering the Reverend John Suddards at his vicarage in South Gloucestershire in February, was suffering from a personality disorder when he killed him. The court also heard how Farrow had told the vicar to " die and hurry up".

Trial adjourned until Monday

Stephen Farrow answered "no comment" when interviewed by police Credit: ITV West

The trial of a man accused of murdering a vicar and a retired teacher has been adjourned until Monday.

Stephen Farrow, who's 48, is charged with murdering the Reverend John Suddards at his vicarage in Thornbury and Betty Yates in Worcestershire.

Mr Farrow did not appear in court yesterday after refusing to leave Long Lartin Prison where he is being held.

He denies two counts of murder but has admitted Mr Suddards's manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Bristol Crown Court has heard that, after his arrest in Kent in February, Mr Farrow was interviewed at Trinity Road Police Station in Bristol with a solicitor and an appropriate adult present. He answered "no comment" to every question he was asked during three days of interviews.

The court was also told that a rucksack containing a bag of nails had been recovered from a barn near Eastbourne. The jury had previously heard that the defendant had told a mental health nurse that he wanted to crucify Rev Suddards but had left a bag with nails and a hammer in Eastbourne.

The prosecution's case has now closed.

Court hears the words of accused

A court has heard for the first time, the chilling words of a man accused of double murder and of his hatred for the church.

A woman who befriended Stephen Farrow broke down in court as she recalled a text message he sent her promising 'the church will be the first to suffer'. From Bristol Crown Court. Richard Payne reports.

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