Sewage overflow leads to delays in murder trial

Liverpool Crown Court

Liverpool Crown Court

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Problems with sewage overflow in the cells at court have lead to the trial of a man accused of murdering his ex-wife being adjourned until Monday.

Ernest Davenport is on trial for the murder of his ex wife Susan.

He is accused of stabbing the 64-year-old to death after she ended their relationship and moved to Chorley with another man.

Following problems with sewage overflow in the cells at Liverpool Crown Court this morning it was not possible to house any prisoners and cases involving defendants remanded in custody had to be put off.

The court has heard that Mrs Davenport was found dead and covered in blood on the settee at her former husband’s home in Rectory Road, Bury, on April 14 after he made a 999 call.

She had suffered two stab wounds to her chest, one of which had penetrated 12 centimetres and severed two major arteries.

Davenport has told the jury that he stabbed her in rage after they rowed over money and she then allegedly revealed that one of their children was not his.

The case will continue on Monday.