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Judge halts Yarl's Wood rape and misconduct trial

Yarl's Wood detention centre Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption Yarl's Wood is the main removal centre holding women and families facing deportation

The trial of three detention officers, one of whom is accused of raping a detainee at Yarl's Wood immigration centre, has been halted.

Syed Hussain, 34, denies sexual assault, oral rape and misconduct in public office.

Fellow guards Bodrul Islam, 30, and Thomas Redmond, 28, deny misconduct charges.

The case at Luton Crown Court was halted after a juror experienced "medical problems".

Judge Philip Bartle decided to discharge the jury as proceedings had only recently started.

All three men have been granted bail until they next appear in court.

Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption Syed Hussain (left), Bodrul Islam and Thomas Redmond (right) appeared at Luton Crown Court

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