South West Wales

John Cooper murder trial jury resumes deliberations

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

The jury in the trial of a man accused of killing four people in Pembrokeshire in the 1980s will continue its deliberations on Wednesday.

John Cooper, 66, denies murdering brother and sister Richard and Helen Thomas in 1985, and Oxfordshire couple Peter and Gwenda Dixon in 1989.

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

The jury was sent home for the night on Tuesday.

Sending them out to consider their verdicts, the judge at Swansea Crown Court said jurors must consider evidence objectively, and apply common sense.

The Dixons were shot at close range while walking the Pembrokeshire coastal path on holiday.

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