Murder trial set to resume after adjournment

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A SCARBOROUGH murder trial is set to resume today after a short delay.

John Stamford, 51, of Wooler Street, is on trial for the murder of 48-year-old Gary Virr.

Stamford allegedly murdered Mr Virr in Eastborough on December 19 last year.

Justice Peter Openshaw called a temporary halt to the case on Thursday after “difficulties” emerged in proceedings, but he assured jurors that the trial would resume at 11am today.

The trial, held at Leeds Crown Court, has previously heard that Mr Virr, a former landscape gardener, died from suffocation after a bunny rabbit soft toy was stuffed into his mouth.

A total of 27 separate injuries, including fractures to his cheekbone and eye socket, were found when Mr Virr’s body was discovered.

A police officer, PC Paul Rogers, visited Mr Virr’s flat earlier on December 19 and found Stamford in his company. He said that Mr Virr had assured him he was fine when he made the visit.

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