Mansfield toddler’s murder trial is halted after defendant taken ill

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
The murder trial of a mother and her ex-partner accused of killing a 22-month-old Mansfield toddler has been put on hold after one of the defendants was taken ill.

Week two of the trial of Thomas Curd, 31, from Watford and Abigail Leatherland, 26, formerly of Mansfield, got underway at Truro Crown Court on Monday (March 18).

The pair are both charged with murder, manslaughter by gross negligence, and causing or allowing the death of a child.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The jury yesterday heard from a series of experts who gave evidence regarding the multiple injuries Eve suffered in the days before her death.

Eve LeatherlandEve Leatherland
Eve Leatherland


Man’s body found in MansfieldWhat the serious case review found following the inquest into Amber PeatPresiding over the case, Mrs Justice Juliet May was told that Curd was not well and had not travelled to court.

After a period of discussion between the legal parties the decision was made that it was not appropriate to proceed with the trial in Curd’s absence as he wants to take an active part in the proceedings.

The trial is now scheduled to resume on Wednesday (March 20) at an earlier time of 9.30am to compensate for the lost time today.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Eve died in October 2017 after her lifeless body was rushed to hospital.

Post-mortem and toxological examinations showed how Eve had been administered with a fatal dose of codeine, enough it was said to have killed an adult.


Related topics: