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Ilford sheltered housing murders trial delayed again

PUBLISHED: 15:12 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:12 18 January 2016

Police outside Fernways sheltered housing in Cecil Road, Ilford, in September.

Police outside Fernways sheltered housing in Cecil Road, Ilford, in September.

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The trial of Paul Maillin, accused of a double murder in an Ilford sheltered housing unit, has been pushed back awaiting expert reports.

Mr Mallin was due to go on trial today at the Old Bailey for stabbing to death John Down, 86, and his partner Karen Reid, 53, in Fernways, Cecil Road, Ilford, on September 5.

He is charged with two counts of murder.

Mr Mallin previously pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of both victims on January 4 when the trial was initially due to start.

Judge Richard Marks QC, the Common Serjeant of London, was dismayed the case could not begin today, citing the previous delay, but remained hopeful it would commence tomorrow.

The defendant, looking tired wearing a grey jumper, spoke only to confirm his name.

He kept his head bowed throughout.

Mr Mallin denies both counts of murder.


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