Mansfield woman to face re-trial after jury fails to come to a decision

Nottingham Crown COurt.
Nottingham Crown COurt.

A Mansfield woman charged with murder is facing a re-trial after the jury in her case failed to reach a verdict.

The 12-man jury at Nottingham Crown Court deliberated for more than 11 hours in the trial of Michelle Swift, which has taken almost three weeks.

The 49-year-old is accused of attacking her partner Emiel Blankert (48) in their flat on Ladybrook Place in December.

Mr Blankert was rushed to King’s Mill Hospital where his condition deteriorated.

He died days later from a perforated bowel, which a pathologist concludes was caused by severe trauma to his midriff after a prolonged assault.

Miss Swift denies that she had anything to do with the injuries.

Earlier today Judge Michael Stokes QC said he would accept a majority verdict of either 10 or 11 members agreeing.

But shortly after 4pm today, Thursday 4th July, after Judge Stokes brought the jury back into court, they told him they had failed to come to a verdict after more than two full days deliberating, and were unlikely to progress.

He discharged them shortly afterwards.

A pre-trial hearing is to be take place on 18th July to to fix a trial date.

Meanwhile, Michelle Swift will remain on remand.