Murder trial: Jury out

The jury in the trial of a businessman accused of murdering his fiancée on a north Suffolk road will continue to consider the evidence on Monday.

The jury in the trial of a businessman accused of murdering his fiancée on a north Suffolk road will continue to consider the evidence on Monday.

The jury at Ipswich Crown Court is still out on whether Christopher Caunter, 35, of Hullbridge, Essex, is guilty of murder after more than 20 hours of deliberations.

Also on trial are his brother Robert Caunter, 38, of Barking, and friend Joseph Brown, 38, of Romford, who are accused of assisting a murderer.

Christopher Caunter denies murdering his fiancée Deborah Townsend in July 2005 by reversing his Land Rover over her head on the Beccles bypass.

The jury cleared Michael Briggs, 40, of Barking, of helping Christopher Caunter flee the country after Miss Townsend's death on Thursday. He will be sentenced on January 4 for assisting Caunter in evading a tax probe by the Inland Revenue, to which he has already pleaded guilty.

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