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Bedfordshire lagoon jury resumes deliberations

Michael Gilbert
Michael Gilbert's headless body was found at a gravel pit pool

The jury in the murder trial of a man whose dismembered body was discovered in a Bedfordshire lake will resume its deliberations on Wednesday.

The body of Michael Gilbert, 26, was found in the Blue Lagoon in Arlesey last May.

Four members of the Watt family, of Chertsey Close, Luton, and two other women, are accused in connection with the death of Mr Gilbert.

The jury's work was halted at Luton Crown Court on Monday due to illness.

'Virtual slave'

The eldest brother, James Watt, 27, is accused of Mr Gilbert's murder.

Nichola Roberts, 21, of Burfold Close, Luton, is charged with murder, familial homicide and perverting the course of justice.

She is the girlfriend of Richard Watt, 25, brother of James, who has pleaded guilty to familial homicide and perverting the course of justice.

Natasha Oldfield, 29, of Chertsey Close, Luton, faces the same charges as Ms Roberts.

The youngest brother, Robert Watt, 20, has denied a charge of familial homicide.

Their father, Antonio Watt, 70, also of Chertsey Close, is charged with perverting the course of justice.

Their mother, Jennifer Smith-Dennis, 58, is charged with familial homicide and perverting the course of justice.

All of the accused deny the charges against them.

The prosecution has alleged that for a number of years Mr Gilbert was kept as a "virtual slave" at various houses in Luton where the extended Watt family lived.

Mr Gilbert was described in court as a vulnerable man.



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