‘Guilty’ plea means accused will stand trial again

Murder victim Laura Wilson.
Murder victim Laura Wilson.
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A MAN accused of murdering a teenage mum is to be tried a second time over the killing.

Ishaq Hussain, aged 22, of Ferham Road, Holmes, Rotherham, will face a jury again over the death of 17-year-old Laura Wilson, who was knifed to death and her body thrown into a canal.

Judge Mr Justice Davis ordered a retrial after Hussain’s co-accused Ashtiaq Asghar - who the prosecution say carried out the fatal stabbing - dramatically changed his plea to guilty after previously denying the murder.

“Given the developments, and for legal reasons, it’s necessary to have a retrial by a different jury,” the judge told Sheffield Crown Court.

Discharging the first jury, he said they had been “quite remarkably conscientious and attentive”.

Laura, of Birch Park Court, Holmes, went missing after she failed to return home from a night out on October 9 last year.

Three days later, her body was pulled from the Sheffield Canal near Meadowhall.

Asghar, who now faces a life sentence, changed his plea after the jury had heard all the prosecution evidence against him.

Mr Justice Davis said the retrial will be fixed to be heard at a later date, and that Asghar will be sentenced following the verdict on Hussain, who denies murder.