Debbie Levey murder trial is reopened

Cherry Tree Cottage, East Ashling
Cherry Tree Cottage, East Ashling

A SUDDEN halt was called in the trial concerning the murder of Debbie Levey, after a juror was taken to hospital.

Phillip Brown, a driver in his forties from Selsey, was charged in May with the murder of his ex-lover in January, 2013. He has pleaded not guilty.

Ms Levey was found dead at her home Cherry Tree Cottage, in East Ashling, on January 28, 2013, where she lived for ten years with her teenage daughter.

She was a care manager at the Leaholme care home, in Gilmore Road, Chichester.

The jury were sworn in at Lewes Crown Court on Monday afternoon (January 6), with the prosecution opening on Tuesday morning (January 7).

However, there was a pause in the afternoon session after one of the jurors passed a note to the judge, his honour Anthony Scott-Gall, saying she was feeling faint.

Twenty minutes later the trial continued, but before long the trial was stopped again after she appeared to pass out. Court officials dialled 999 and paramedics rushed to help the woman.

She was conscious and able to speak when she was taken to the ambulance, but unable to take part in the trial anymore.

Yesterday morning (January 8), judge Scott-Gall took both counsels into his chambers, where it was decided to restart the case with a new jury sworn in.

As prosecution will reopen the case this morning (January 9).

The trial is expected to last around four weeks.