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Constance Marten and Mark Gordon Trial: Large Sum Transferred into Defendant’s Bank Account

In the ongoing trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon at the Old Bailey, shocking details have emerged regarding substantial sums of money transferred into Ms Marten’s bank account in the months leading up to the tragic death of her baby, Victoria.

According to testimony presented in court, Ms Marten had almost £48,000 deposited into her Metro bank account from a family trust in the five months preceding the death of her baby last year. This revelation comes amidst charges of manslaughter against the couple, accused of gross negligence leading to Victoria’s death, which they adamantly deny.

Detective Sergeant Steve Ferguson informed jurors that starting from September 2022, Ms Marten began receiving monthly payments from the Sturt Family Trust, routed through the private bank Hoares into her Metro bank account. These payments, initially set at £2,500 per month, increased to £3,400 monthly by December 2022.

In addition to these payments, Hoares Bank also disbursed £3,800 to Ms Marten, purportedly for the cost of storing her belongings. Subsequently, significant sums were transferred into her account for specific purposes. On November 13, £13,596 was deposited for camera and filming equipment, as she expressed her intention to resume work. Then, on December 22, a further £15,590 was transferred, supposedly for the purchase of a new car.

Between September 2022 and mid-January 2023, a total of £47,886 was funnelled into Ms Marten’s account by Hoares Bank. However, despite these substantial deposits, there were several cash withdrawals ranging from £50 to £300 during December. Notably, two significant withdrawals of £4,000 and £2,000 were made on December 31, 2022, and January 5, 2023, respectively.

On January 5, the day their vehicle caught fire, Ms Marten had £19,083.10 in her Metro Bank account. Throughout the subsequent weeks, while the police were searching for the couple, no further withdrawals were made until February 27, 2023, the night of their arrest.

During this period, the prosecution alleges that the couple, along with their newborn baby, were living in a tent on the South Downs. Tragically, on March 1, 2023, Victoria’s body was discovered in a Lidl supermarket bag inside a disused shed on the allotment.

In addition to manslaughter charges, Ms Marten and Mr Gordon face accusations of cruelty to their baby, concealment of the baby’s birth, causing or allowing her death, and perverting the course of justice by concealing the body. Both defendants deny all charges as the trial proceeds.

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