A juror in Aaron McKenzie’s court one murder trial has been discharged after coming down with a suspected case of COVID-19.
The trial of Aaron McKenzie was entering its second week when one of the jurors became sick.
On Monday, Judge Mark Lucraft QC told the remaining eleven jurors: “I’m sorry you have had a slight delay, as you know one of your number over the weekend has developed some symptoms which seem to be Covid.”
He discharged the absent juror, wished him well and said the corner where he had been sitting would be cleaned.
The trial then continued with the defendant going into the witness box to give evidence in his defence.
The prosecution allege that McKenzie was “desperately jealous” that Ms Fauvrelle was seeing someone new and had “moved on”.
Giving evidence, McKenzie said he had not been happy when they split up, but he denied killing her.
Asked who did, the defendant, who has Asperger’s syndrome, told jurors: “Mike killed her.” He said Ms Fauvrelle owed money to the man, whom he named only as Mike, over a tobacco deal.
The Old Bailey in central London was among the first criminal courts to reopen for trials following the lockdown.
Courtrooms have been regularly cleaned and rearranged to seat jurors at two-metre intervals, in line with social distancing measures
By Ryan Hooper and Emily Pennink, PA