A JURY has been sent home for a second night to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murder in a County Durham village.

Richard Lee, from Sacriston, is accused of murdering 25-year-old Ryan Thompson, who died after being stabbed on September 1 last year.

On the night in question, Mr Lee, also 25, was armed with a large kitchen knife, which he claims he grabbed to tackle burglars who were breaking into Mr Thompson’s garage in Gregson Street, Sacriston.

Having not reached a verdict by 4pm, Judge Mr Justice Jacobs sent the jurors home until tomorrow morning.