TWO murder trials have been stopped after a defendant reported coronavirus symptoms.

A mother accused of murdering her infant daughter has been isolated after telling court staff she was unwell.

Tiffany Tate, 21, is accused of murdering or allowing the death of her eight-week-old daughter Holly Roe.

Her trial has been adjourned until Friday. Her former partner Michael Roe, 32, appeared in the dock on his own. He is also charged with murder or causing the death of his baby daughter.

Mrs Justice Clare Moulder told the jury they were being sent home and reminded them not to discuss the case.


The jury in a second murder trial, also at Lewes Crown Court, was discharged after Tate reported her symptoms.

Two barristers in the trial of two Italians accused of murdering their drug dealer are in high risk groups.

Police found Serxhio Marku, 21, dead or dying in the kitchen at a one bedroom flat shared by Francesco D’Agostino, 44, and Giuseppe Petriccione, 45, in Stafford Road, Brighton. The pair, who worked in a restaurant in the city, deny murder.

One barrister is 72 and the other has an underlying medical condition which puts them greater risk. The trial was halted until September.