Devon

Barnstaple murders trial: Jury considers verdict

Deborah Langmead and Donna St John
Image caption Deborah Langmead was found in the fire-damaged house beside Donna St John

The jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a North Devon builder accused of murdering his estranged wife and her friend.

Neil Langmead, 41, denies murdering Debbie Langmead and Donna St John, both 35, in Fortmead Close, Barnstaple, in August 2010.

The women were found stabbed to death in the fire-damaged house, Exeter Crown Court has heard.

Mr Langmead denies two counts of murder and one of arson.

During the 13-day trial the prosecution alleged that Langmead had a long history of domineering behaviour towards his wife.

Mr Langmead claimed he killed Mrs Langmead in self-defence and that she had killed her friend during a row.

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