Constance Marten trial – latest updates: Jury retires to consider verdict of manslaughter-accused couple

Constance Marten, 36, and her partner Mark Gordon, 49 (PA Media)
Constance Marten, 36, and her partner Mark Gordon, 49 (PA Media)

The jury in the trial of aristocrat Constance Marten has retired to consider their verdicts following three months of evidence at the Old Bailey.

Marten, 36, and her partner Mark Gordon, 49, have been accused of manslaughter after their daughter Victoria died while they were camping on the South Downs in wintry conditions last January.

In a bid to keep their baby after four previous children were taken into care, the couple had gone on the run and evaded police for nearly two months. Following their arrest, Victoria’s badly decomposed remains were found in a Lidl shopping bag in an allotment shed.

During her evidence, Marten told jurors she had intended to find someone to smuggle them abroad illegally, and claimed her daughter had died in her arms on 9 January after falling asleep in her jacket.

The couple deny charges of gross negligence manslaughter of Victoria between 4 January and 27 February last year, charges of perverting the course of justice by concealing the body, along with concealing the birth of a child, child cruelty, and allowing the death of a child.

Jury resumes deliberations

12:12 , Holly Evans

The jury has resumed its deliberations in the Old Bailey trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon who deny manslaughter by gross negligence of their baby daughter Victoria

Jury sent home to return on Thursday

Wednesday 22 May 2024 16:37 , Joe Middleton

The jury in the Old Bailey trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon, who are accused over the death of their baby, has been sent home.

Judge Mark Lucraft KC told them to return to resume deliberations at 11.30am on Thursday.

Jury resumes deliberations

Wednesday 22 May 2024 10:18 , Joe Middleton

The jury has resumed its deliberations in the Old Bailey trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon who deny manslaughter by gross negligence of their baby daughter Victoria

Jury sent home to return on Wednesday

Tuesday 21 May 2024 16:15 , Holly Evans

The jury in the Old Bailey trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon, who are accused over the death of their baby, has been sent home.

Judge Mark Lucraft KC told them to return to resume deliberations at 9.30am on Wednesday.

Jury sent home for the day

Monday 20 May 2024 16:09 , Holly Evans

The jury have now been sent home after a day of deliberations and will return on Tuesday.

Jury resumes deliberations

Monday 20 May 2024 13:39 , Tom Barnes

The jury has resumed its deliberations in the Old Bailey trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon who deny manslaughter by gross negligence of their baby daughter Victoria.

Jury resumes deliberations

Monday 20 May 2024 10:16 , Holly Evans

The jury has resumed its deliberations in the Old Bailey trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon who deny manslaughter by gross negligence of their baby daughter Victoria

Jurors retired on Monday morning to consider their verdicts after a seven day break.

Jury sent home for the day

Wednesday 8 May 2024 16:33 , Holly Evans

The jury have now been sent home after a day of deliberations, and will not return to continue their discussions until Monday 20 May.

Jury resumes deliberations

Wednesday 8 May 2024 11:02 , Holly Evans

The jury has resumed its deliberations in the Old Bailey trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon who deny manslaughter by gross negligence of their baby daughter Victoria.

Jury retires for the day

Tuesday 7 May 2024 16:42 , Holly Evans

The jury has been dismissed for the day and will resume deliberations at 10am tomorrow.

Jury resumes deliberations

Tuesday 7 May 2024 10:52 , Holly Evans at the Old Bailey

The jury has resumed its deliberations in the Old Bailey trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon who deny manslaughter by gross negligence of their baby daughter Victoria

Jurors retired on Tuesday morning to consider their verdicts.

Jury sent home

Thursday 2 May 2024 16:51 , Joe Middleton

The jury has been sent home for the day and will continue its deliberations in the trial of aristocrat Constance Marten on Friday.

Jury resumes deliberations

Thursday 2 May 2024 11:36 , Joe Middleton

Good morning,

The jury has resumed its deliberations in the trial of aristocrat Constance Marten.

Marten, 36, and her partner Mark Gordon, 49, have been accused of manslaughter after their daughter Victoria died while they were camping on the South Downs in sub-zero temperatures last January.

The couple deny charges of gross negligence manslaughter of Victoria between 4 January and 27 February last year, charges of perverting the course of justice by concealing the body, along with concealing the birth of a child, child cruelty, and allowing the death of a child.

Jury retires to consider verdicts

Thursday 25 April 2024 15:18 , Sam Rkaina

The jury in the trial of aristocrat Constance Marten has retired to consider their verdicts.

Marten, 36, and her partner Mark Gordon, 49, have been accused of manslaughter after their daughter Victoria died while they were camping on the South Downs in sub-zero temperatures last January.

The couple deny charges of gross negligence manslaughter of Victoria between 4 January and 27 February last year, charges of perverting the course of justice by concealing the body, along with concealing the birth of a child, child cruelty, and allowing the death of a child.