The trial of a butcher accused of raping and murdering a 21-year-old student from High Wycombe has been called off for the day due to the wintry conditions, for the second day running.

One of the jurors in the trial of Pawel Relowicz was unable to get to Sheffield Crown Court on Friday due to the weather, the judge told the members of the panel who could make it in.

Polish-born Relowicz, 26, of Raglan Street, Hull, denies raping and murdering philosophy student Libby Squire on February 1 2019.

Mrs Justice Lambert told the panel the case could not continue despite strenuous efforts to help the “marooned” juror travel.

She said the restrictions around coronavirus had defeated all efforts to find a transport solution.

The case was also postponed on Thursday when three jurors failed to make it through the wintry conditions in Sheffield.

The judge told 11 of the jurors on Friday: “She is marooned in her estate and the car can’t get up to get her.”

She said: “I’m very sorry about this. It’s not been for want of trying.”

The judge added: “We keep our fingers crossed that there is a thaw over the weekend so the ice and snow has gone.”