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Thomas Baird trial: Jury retires to consider verdict

Tom Baird
Image caption Thomas Baird was found firefighters called to his Hemel Hempstead home

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the case of a man who died after he was beaten and stabbed before his body was set alight.

Thomas Baird, 63, was found dead on 2 March outside his home at Westerdale, Hemel Hempstead.

James Carbott, 31 has been on trial accused of using "lethal force" to kill Mr Baird.

Mr Carbott of Epping Green, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, denies murder and arson at St Albans Crown Court.

The trial has heard that firefighters discovered Mr Baird's body outside his burning bungalow, where he lived alone, and called the police.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had suffered multiple stab wounds, injuries to the head and his body and had been set alight.

Jurors heard that Mr Carbott had been in a relationship with Mr Baird's daughter Kelly and worked for him for about three months.

But it was said the friendship changed when the defendant's relationship with Ms Baird ended "acrimoniously".

The court heard her father, Mr Baird, had threatened violence against Mr Carbott and the home he shared with his mother.

As a result, Mr Carbott is alleged to have attacked the builder with a crowbar and knife, before setting fire to his body.

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