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John Cooper murder trial jury sent home

Clockwise from top right - Helen Thomas, Richard Thomas, Peter Dixon and Gwenda Dixon
Image caption John Cooper denies killing Peter and Gwenda Dixon [both left] and Richard and Helen Thomas in the 1980s

The jury has been sent home in the case of a man accused of two double murders in Pembrokeshire in the 1980s.

John Cooper, 66, is accused of shooting Richard and Helen Thomas in 1985, and Peter and Gwenda Dixon in 1989.

Mr Cooper, 66, denies killing Mr Thomas and his sister Helen and Peter and Gwenda Dixon in Pembrokeshire in the 1980s.

He also denies four counts of murder and separate charges of rape, sexual assault and attempted robbery.

The Thomases were shot at their house at Scoveston Park near Milford Haven on 22 December 1985.

Mr and Mrs Dixon, from Oxfordshire, were shot while they were walking near Little Haven, on 5 July 1989, the last day of their holiday.

The jury will continue its deliberations on Thursday.

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