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CCTV Footage Shown in Constance Marten Trial Reveals Alleged Petrol Incident

Jurors at the trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon were shown CCTV footage today, claiming to depict the moment when the couple, accused of manslaughter in the death of their daughter Victoria, filled a water bottle with petrol. The trial, taking place at the Old Bailey in London, continues to shed light on the events leading up to the tragic incident.

Constance Marten, a 36-year-old wealthy aristocrat, and Mark Gordon, aged 49, stand accused of manslaughter in connection with the death of their daughter, Victoria. The prosecution alleges that the couple, in a desperate bid to avoid authorities, traversed England using taxis and resorted to living in a tent on the South Downs.

The couple’s journey came to a halt on February 27 of last year when they were arrested in East Sussex. Soon after their apprehension, the lifeless body of their daughter, Victoria, was discovered in a Lidl supermarket bag amidst rubbish in an abandoned shed.

During the trial, jurors were presented with CCTV footage dated January 12 of the same year. The video purportedly shows a woman, believed to be Constance Marten, approaching a petrol pump and filling a water bottle with fuel. At approximately 6:30 am, the woman23 donned in a navy coat and black trousers, can be seen carefully filling the bottle.

Concealing her identity with a hood and face mask, she then enters the shop.

The trial has also heard allegations that Marten and Gordon were spotted buying snacks at a Texaco petrol station on the same night.

Additionally, Seaford resident Sarah Hidden testified in court today. She recalled hearing the sound of a baby crying on two consecutive nights in January, the month preceding the discovery of Victoria’s body. Mrs Hidden stated that the crying appeared to be continuous for about 30 to 40 minutes and originated from the direction of a golf course on the South Downs.

Despite the challenging weather conditions, with storms and rain during one of the nights, Mrs Hidden found the situation unusual, as she doubted anyone would take a baby out in such conditions.

Days later, while walking her dog along a coastal path, Mrs. Hidden believed she spotted the couple she had seen in the news. The couple’s demeanour struck her as unusual, with the woman appearing “depressed” and laden with bags. While she thought the woman might be holding a baby, she did not witness it directly.

Mrs Hidden only later contacted the police after learning of sightings in Newhaven, East Sussex, as she initially believed the couple to be in the north of England.

The trial continues to unravel the events leading up to the tragic loss of Victoria’s life. Constance Marten and Mark Gordon face multiple charges, including manslaughter by gross negligence, perverting the course of justice, concealing the birth of a child, child cruelty, and causing or allowing the death of a child.

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