The jury in the trial of three men accused of murdering convicted child killer, David Gaut, has been discharged.
The judge Mr Justice Lewis discharged the jury of eight women and four men for legal reasons.
David Osborne, 51, Ieuan Harley, 23, and Darran Evesham, 47, are on trial at Newport Crown Court accused of the murder of 54-year-old David Gaut. The murder happened in August of last year in New Tredegar, Caerphilly.
Prosecutors allege Mr Gaut was stabbed more than 150 times after he moved into the village, the court heard.
David Gaut was jailed for 33 years for killing a 17-month old-boy in 1985.
All three men deny the murder of Mr Gaut between August 1 and August 4 last year.
Harley and Evesham also deny a charge of perverting the course of justice, which Osborne admits.