Jury in Jon Britton murder trial resumes this morning

Wirral Globe: Liverpool Crown Court Liverpool Crown Court

A jury trying a man accused of stabbing his estranged wife's boyfriend to death on the doorstep of his West Kirby will resume their deliberations this morning.

The six men and six women jury at Liverpool Crown Court retired on Thursday after hearing ten days of evidence, but have so far failed to reach a verdict.

They resumed yesterday, but were again sent home last night and the case was adjourned until today, Wednesday.

43-year-old Jon Britton died after being stabbed in the neck and chest when he answered the door of his home in Paton Close on December 3 last year. Such was the ferocity of the attack that the knife broke in two.

In the dock is Wayne Smith, 38, a father-of-three, of of Seymour Street, Birkenhead, who denies murder.

The court has heard claims that Smith was seen on CCTV footage travelling from Birkenhead to Smith's home and back by train.

His DNA was found on a hooded snood found near where Mr Britton lived and a hooded jacket with his DNA was found in a suitcase in Hatton's home.

Smith denies the allegations and claims that he had been playing board games at a friend's home in Birkenhead at the time of the killing.

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