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Hertfordshire murder trial delayed for experts

The trial of a 31-year-old man charged with murdering a woman at a house in Hertfordshire has been delayed for more than four months.

The team defending Tomas Navickas was granted more time to consult experts by Judge John Bevan at Luton Crown Court.

Mr Navickas was charged after police found the body of Svetlana Olsevka, 43, at a house in Ermine Close, Royston, where they both lived.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had died from internal bleeding.

Mr Navickas was due to stand trial at Luton Crown Court on 11 October but this will now be held on 28 February next year.

Ms Olsevka, who had one child, came from Latvia.

Her body was discovered on the morning of 16 March. Mr Navickas was arrested at the scene.

Christopher Strachan, defending, told Judge Bevan the defence needed more time to prepare its case and consult other experts.

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