Sussex

Sussex nursing home fire death trial jury discharged

Irene Herring
Image caption Irene Herring was rescued from her room following the fire but later died in hospital

The jury in the trial of a care worker accused of starting a fire at a Sussex nursing home that killed a pensioner has been discharged.

Irene Herring, 85, died after the blaze in her room at Ancaster Court, Hastings Road, Bexhill, on 1 February 2009.

Rebecca Reasbeck, 20, of Upper Park Road, St Leonards, denies a charge of manslaughter.

Lewes Crown Court Judge Anthony Scott-Gall said a retrial date would be set at a hearing on 6 May.

Jurors had retired to consider their verdict on Monday morning.

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