The trial of a handyman accused of murdering a sixth former 18 years ago was halted today.
Jurors hearing evidence in the trial of Peter Tobin at Chelmsford Crown Court were discharged, and a new trial date fixed for 14 December.
The judge told jurors that Tobin was ill, needed surgery, and could not continue to appear at the trial.
Mr Justice Calvert-Smith said Tobin had shingles plus "complications".
Tobin, 62, of Johnstone, Renfrewshire, denies murdering 18-year-old Dinah McNicol.
Miss McNicol, of Tillingham, Essex, disappeared in August 1991, after attending a music festival in Liphook, Hampshire.
The trial started in late June, and jurors had heard a summary of the prosecution case and evidence from a number of prosecution witnesses.