MURDER TRIAL: Jury begins deliberating Weybread murder suspect’s fate after four-week trial
The jury in the trial at Ipswich Crown Court of a man accused of murdering retired Suffolk couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart have this morning retired to begin considering their verdicts.
The accused is a man the prosecution say is named Ali Qazimaj, of Tilbury in south Essex.
However, the man claims he is a victim of mistaken identity, is called Vital Dapi and is innocent of the charges.
Over the past four weeks, the crown court has heard evidence from more than 30 witnesses, including the accused man himself, who claims that he had never been in the UK before being arrested at a hostel in Luxembourg and being extradited to stand trial.
A murder investigation was launched by Suffolk police following the reported disappearance of Mr and Mrs Stuart from their home at Weybread.
Police located the body of Mr Stuart in a stream at the rear of his home but Mrs Stuart has never been found.
The prosecution say that forensic evidence including DNA, fingerprints and police roadside camera images all point towards the man said to be Qazimaj being the couple’s killer.
The trial continues.