North West Wales

Ffion Wyn Roberts murder jury can give majority verdict

Ffion Wyn Roberts
Image caption Iestyn Davies denies murdering Ffion Roberts

The judge has told the jury in the Ffion Wyn Roberts murder case on the fourth day of its deliberations that he will accept a majority verdict.

Iestyn Davies, 54, of Porthmadog, denies murdering Ms Roberts, 22, who is from the same Gwynedd town.

On Wednesday jurors had told Mr Justice Lloyd-Jones they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Ms Roberts, a care worker, was found strangled and drowned in a ditch in Porthmadog a year ago.

When the jury was sent out on Tuesday the judge urged them "to keep cool heads."

The case against Mr Davies alleges that he was in Porthmadog town centre early on the morning Ms Roberts was killed.

He was seen on CCTV around 4am, but disappeared from view shortly before Ms Roberts was last seen.

The defence claimed the jury could not be sure that wool packer Mr Davies was the killer.

It said the prosecution also had to prove that Ms Roberts' brother, Elgan, was not the killer.

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