UPDATE: Rugby mum accused of killing young daughters denies murder - The Rugby Observer

UPDATE: Rugby mum accused of killing young daughters denies murder

Andy Morris 4th Mar, 2019 Updated: 5th Mar, 2019   0

A MOTHER accused of killing her two young daughters within weeks of each other last year has pleaded not guilty to two charges of murder.

Louise Porton, 23, of Skiddaw in Brownsover, Rugby was told at Birmingham Crown Court she will stand trial for murder in June, with the trial now expected to last more than five weeks.

It is alleged that Miss Porton killed her three-year-old daughter Lexi Draper on January 15 last year, and 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan just over two weeks later on February 1.

After Miss Porton had entered her not guilty pleas, Judge Melbourne Inman QC was told the trial is expected to last for five-and-a-half weeks.

So Judge Inman adjourned the case for the trial to begin at the court on June 24, with a pre-trial review hearing in mid-May, and remanded Porton in custody.

During a previous hearing at Warwick Crown Court, just days after Porton had been charged following a year-long police investigation, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC heard that defence expertise would be heard at the trial, and that both a pathologist and a paediatric pathologist had carried out their own post mortems.

The hearing was also told Miss Porton’s defence was seeking prior authority from the Legal Aid Agency in relation to a defence psychiatrist, Dr Dinesh Maganty – which led the judge to say the prosecution would also need to provisionally instruct a psychiatrist.

At that hearing it was believed the trial would take around three weeks and begin on July 8.

But since then, the estimate for the length of the trial has increased, resulting in the date for it to start being brought forward by two weeks.

In January, Warwickshire Police reported that Lexi Draper was pronounced dead by paramedics in the early hours of January 15 last year after they received a report she has been found unconscious at the family home.

Scarlett Vaughan was pronounced dead in hospital on the night of February 1 that year after paramedics had responded to a report she had fallen ill, the force also reported.


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