Delay in Angela Wrightson murder trial after juror is taken ill

Angela Wrightson
Angela Wrightson

The trial of two girls accused of murdering Angela Wrightson has been delayed after a jury member fell ill, a court heard.

The two girls, aged 13 and 14 at the time of the death, deny murdering Ms Wrightson at her Stephen Street home in Hartlepool in December 2014.

The 39-year-old had suffered more than 100 different injuries in a sustained and violent attack.

The girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are currently standing trial at Leeds Crown Court.

The court was set to hear more evidence today from Home Office pathologist Dr Mark Egan, who carried out a post-mortem examination lasting six hours following Ms Wrightson's death.

However, before the hearing was set to resume, the court was told that one of the 12 members of the jury had to be taken to hospital this morning after feeling unwell.

The judge presiding over the case, Mr Justice Henry Globe, told the remaining jury members that he had intends to resume the case on Monday morning.

The jury were then sent home.

The trial continues.