Further delays in the Gemma Hayter murder trial

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THE Gemma Hayter murder trial has been further delayed until Monday.

THE jury for the trial of five young people accused of killing a Rugby woman were sworn in on Wednesday this week and the trial was due to officially open on Thursday.

Due to legal complications however, the opening of the trial was adjourned on Thursday afternoon until 10.30am on Monday at the Justice Centre in Leamington.

Chantelle Booth, Daniel Newstead, Duncan Edwards, Joe Boyer and Jessica Lynas all pleaded not guilty to murder at Warwick Crown Court in December last year to the murder of 27-year-old Gemma Hayter on August 9.

Her body was found on a disused railway line in Hillmorton. All five defendants also face an actual bodily harm charge relating to Gemma.

On Wednesday morning Booth, Newstead, Edwards, Boyer and Lynas appeared in the crown court dock together where they only spoke to confirm their names, before the jury were officially sworn in.

The five defendants also appeared in court again on Thursday morning.

The trial is expected to last around six weeks.

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