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Paul Groves trial: Jury discharged over language issue

William Martindale
Image caption William Martindale died last September. Paul Groves denies his murder

A murder trial was halted after it emerged a juror did not understand what was being said.

Paul Groves - who is accused of the murder of 39-year-old William Martindale in Ongar last September - is on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

But after the prosecution opened the case, it emerged one of the jurors - a woman of Oriental appearance - did not understand the evidence.

As a result, a new jury was sworn in and the trial restarted.

More than a hour of evidence had been heard before the issue was raised.

Mr Groves, 33, also denies a separate charge of wounding with intent.

The case continues.

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