The trial of Pawel Relowicz – the man accused of the rape and murder of Hull student Libby Squire – has been delayed until next year because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Libby, who was 21, went missing after a night out in the city in February last year. Her body was found in the Humber Estuary six weeks later.
Relowicz, 25, was due to stand trial next month.
But at a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court today he was told that it could not take place because of the social distancing restrictions put in place following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The case was adjourned until January 11 next year.
New jury trials were put on hold in March this year by Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett because of the outbreak.
Measures to allow them to resume are currently being tested at several courts before being rolled out nationally.