Sick juror delays murder trial over Sharkey fire deaths

Thomas Sharkey Snr, Bridget and Thomas Jnr Thomas Sharkey Snr, Bridget and Thomas Jnr died following the fire

The trial of two men accused of murdering a man and his two children in a deliberate fire has been adjourned because of a sick juror.

Thomas Sharkey, 21, and eight-year-old Bridget died in the blaze at their home in Helensburgh on 24 July 2011. Their father Thomas Snr, 55, died days later.

Their mother Angela survived the blaze.

Scott Snowden, 37, and Robert Jennings, 50, deny murder and attempted murder and have both lodged a special defence of alibi and incrimination.

Judge Lord Matthews told the 14 members of the jury in court: "It's obvious that one of you isn't here.

"He has phoned in to say he's ill and is seeing his doctor.

"There's not much we can do today in his absence. What I propose to do is adjourn the case till tomorrow."

The trial is due to resume on Friday.

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