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Irving murder trial delayed.

THE trial of four people accused over the death of vulnerable Lee Irving could not proceed yesterday because of a prison staff protest.

The day of protest meant murder accused James Wheatley and Barry Imray were not brought to court from prison.

Trial judge Mr Justice Soole told members of the jury the case could not go ahead in their absence and the case was adjourned until today.

Wheatley, 29, and Imray, 35, have admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and Imray has admitted doing acts intended to pervert the course of justice. Both deny murder and causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult.

Mills, 51, and Lawrence, 21, deny causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by helping in the removal of the body, trying to clear evidence of 24-year-old Lee's injuries and making false statements.

The trial continues.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2016
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