The jury in the trial of two Travellers accused of enslaving vulnerable men was discharged yesterday.
The trial at Southampton Crown Court of John Connors, 30, and his brother-in-law Billy Connors, 38, was halted for legal reasons. The men deny holding three men in slavery or servitude at a camp in Hamble, Hampshire, between April 2010 and June 2011.
Judge Peter Henry granted the men bail and ordered a retrial to commence on 7 January next year.
Jerry Connors, 30, from Chertsey in Surrey, was acquitted of all charges on the orders of the judge.