Jurors in Betty Yates trial begin deliberations

Betty Yates was found dead at her home Credit: ITV Central

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

48-year-old Farrow, of no fixed address, denies the murder of Betty Yates between January 1st and 5th this year.

He denies being in the area at the time of her death, but did claim to have seen her on December 30th.

Although he admits the manslaughter of Reverand John Suddards, he denies murdering the clergyman between February 12th and 15th this year on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Both victims were found stabbed in their homes.

He also admits the separate charge of burgling Vine Cottage in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, between December 21st last year and January 3rd this year.

The jury was told how all three charges which span a period of eight weeks, from December 21 to February 15, had "distinct" links between them.

Farrow was arrested in Folkestone, Kent, in February.

The court heard Farrow has severe personality disorder, which the prosecution accepts.

Mr Justice Field, ordered the jury of eight men and four woman at Bristol Crown Court, to consider their verdicts.