Constance Marten and Mark Gordon due in court after baby's remains found

Constance Marten and Mark Gordon due in court after baby's remains found


It comes after hundreds gathered for a vigil at close to where the discovery was made.

Constance Marten and her partner Mark Gordon will appear in court today charged with manslaughter after the remains of a baby were found in woodland.

Marten, 35, and Gordon, 48, are due at Crawley Magistrates’ Court accused of gross negligence manslaughter, concealing the birth of a child and perverting the course of justice.

It comes after a newborn’s body was found close to a public footpath in the Hollingbury area of Brighton, East Sussex, on Wednesday following a two-day search operation.

The infant is yet to be formally identified and a post-mortem examination is due to take place on Friday.

The couple, both of no fixed address, were arrested on Stanmer Villas in Brighton on Monday after police spent several weeks searching for them.

Meanwhile, hundreds gathered for a vigil at St Mary Magdalen Church in Coldean, East Sussex, close to where the baby’s remains were found.

Mourners held candles and lit a small fire outside the church to pay tribute. The event was attended by the Bishop of Lewes, Will Hazlewood.

The vicar leading the night watch, Reverend Betsy Gray-Hammond, said: ‘This has caused such a cloud of darkness in this area, and we feel we want to bring some light back into that darkness.’

She added: ‘We’re not here to judge and not here to make a judgement. We’re here to try and bring some peace and grace back into this area.’

The couple are in custody and will appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Friday.


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