Murder trial to continue

Laura Smith Murder trial latest
Laura Smith Murder trial latest

THE trial of the man charged with murdering Scarborough hairdresser Laura Smith was set to continue at Leeds Crown Court today following a two-day delay.

Nigel Pickard, 45, is accused of strangling Miss Smith, 29, following an incident at her home in Southwold Rise, Eastfield.

He denies the charge.

The case has suffered a number of delays, including a power cut and a car accident involving a member of the prosecuting barrister’s family which forced the cancellation of another day. It could not go ahead yesterday either as the judge had to sit on another trial.