THE jury in Olly Stephens murder trial will discuss the case again tomorrow after their first full day of deliberations returned no verdict. 

Two boys aged 14 -- who cannot be named for legal reasons -- are accused of causing the death of the 13-year-old at Bugs Bottom in Emmer Green in January 2021. 

Olly died of stab wounds to the chest and back, a pathologist concluded.

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They both deny the charges and both have given their version of events in the past two weeks of the trial at Reading Crown Court. 

Following closing statements from the prosecution, defence counsels and the Judge at the start of the week, the jury was told it could begin its deliberations at 1pm on Thursday, July 21. 

After being let go by Judge Heather Norton yesterday at 4pm, the jury returned to Reading Crown Court at 11am this morning to begin their first full day of discussions. 

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They were joined in the courtroom by the defendants, barristers, and the family of Olly Stephens, who sat in the public gallery. 

No verdict had been returned by the end of the day today, however.

This means the jury has now deliberated for around seven hours without a decision.

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Sending the jury home this afternoon, Judge Heather Norton told them: “You’re now free to go and I’m going to send you home overnight. 

“Don’t talk about this case until we send you back into retirement tomorrow morning.”

The jury is set to return to its deliberations from 10am tomorrow. 


Do you have questions about when a verdict might come back?

This clip from reporter Ollie Sirrell will hopefully answer some of your queries.

Listen above. 

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