A jury has now begun deliberating on verdicts in the trial of fugitive mother Constance Marten.

Wealthy aristocrat Marten, 36, and her partner Mark Gordon, 49, are charged over the death of their daughter Victoria who died after they went off-grid on the South Downs.

The couple had fled authorities last January in an attempt to keep their newborn child after four other children were taken into care, the Old Bailey trial has heard.

The court had earlier heard the two abandoned their car after it burst into flames near Bolton, last January 5 and were finally arrested in Brighton last February 27.

This was two days before Victoria’s decomposed body was found inside a Lidl bag in a disused allotment shed.

The cause of the child’s death could not be established.

Marten has claimed her daughter died by accident when she fell asleep holding her under her jacket the day after pitching a tent.

The prosecution suggest Victoria could have died after being exposed to cold conditions with inadequate clothes.

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The defendants, of no fixed address, deny manslaughter by gross negligence, perverting the course of justice, concealing the birth of a child, child cruelty, and causing or allowing the death of a child.

At 4.01pm on Tuesday, April 30, Judge Mark Lucraft KC sent the 11-strong jury out to begin deliberating on verdicts.

After just over half an hour, jurors came back into court and were told by Judge Lucraft to “press the pause button” on their discussions.

The jury will resume deliberations at 10am tomorrow, Wednesday May 1.

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