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UPDATES FROM COURT: TEENAGER FOUND GUILTY OF LINDSAY BIRBECK'S MURDER

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Verdict imminent: Jury will decide teen's fate in Lindsay Birbeck murder retrial

By Amy Farnworth

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    Lindsay Birbeck, a mother-of-two from Huncoat, went missing on August 12 last year.
  • Her body was found in Accrington Cemetery on August 24, 12 days after she disappeared.
  • Police launched a missing person appeal and extensive searches of the areas close to Burnley Road, where Mrs Birbeck lived, were carried out by officers and members of the local community.
  • On August 27, a 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with Mrs Birbeck’s disappearance and on August 31, detectives charged the teenager with her murder.
  • The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is now 17-years-old and denies killing Mrs Birbeck.
  • An original trial date was set for February, but the jury were discharged and after delays due to the coronavirus crisis, a retrial began on August 3.
  • The teen has pleaded not guilty to murder and a new charge of manslaughter, but has pleaded guilty to 'assisting an offender'.
  • Today, the jury will retire to consider their verdict.