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Monday, 4 March, 2002, 12:55 GMT
Baby deaths trial adjourned
Winchester Crown Court
Angela Cannings is on trial at Winchester Crown Court
The trial of Angela Cannings, who is accused of murdering her two infant sons, has been adjourned after a juror became ill.

The male juror was sent home on Monday from Winchester Crown Court and the judge, Mrs Justice Heather Hallett, said the case will recommence on Tuesday at 1000 GMT.

Mrs Cannings, 38, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, denies the murder of Jason Cannings in 1991 and Matthew Cannings in 1999.

The trial had earlier heard from a paediatric pathologist who said there was evidence to suggest that both babies had been smothered.

Home visits

Professor Gem Berry told the court he had reviewed the post-mortem examination of Jason Cannings, who died in 1991.

He also conducted the post-mortem of Matthew Cannings, who was 18 weeks old when he died, in 1999.

Professor Berry said both babies had "features of imposed upper airways obstruction".

This, he said, was a deliberate act of smothering or suffocation by another person.

He said this was common with babies who had died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or babies who had been smothered.

He said the examination of the lungs was inconclusive and that he decided that both deaths were unascertained because he could not rule out a natural or unnatural death.

The jurors have also visited the two homes where the babies died.

The trial continues.


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