Constance Marten and Mark Gordon found guilty of two counts

The aristocrat and her partner were convicted of concealing the birth of their baby daughter, Victoria, whose body was found in an allotment in Brighton in March 2023.

A jury was unable to reach a verdict on charges of gross negligence manslaughter but the couple will face a re-trial next year.

An order previously restricting reports on the verdicts was lifted at a hearing at the Old Bailey earlier today.

Tom Little KC, prosecuting, announced the Crown would seek a retrial and Judge Mark Lucraft set a provisional six to eight-week retrial from March 3 next year.

Marten, 37, and Mark Gordon, 50, went off-grid with daughter Victoria to evade authorities after four other children were taken into care, the Old Bailey heard.

The defendants had fled the scene with Victoria under Marten’s jacket, leaving behind a cat in a box, about £2,000 in cash, 34 “burner” phones and other belongings, the trial heard.

Over seven weeks, the couple travelled across England before sleeping in a tent on the South Downs as police searched for the missing baby.

Two days after their arrests in Golf Drive, Brighton last February, Victoria’s decomposed body was found in an allotment shed inside a Lidl bag-for-life.

A jury at the Old Bailey found the couple guilty of concealing the birth of a child and perverting the course of justice, it can now be reported.

The couple had also faced charged of child cruelty, manslaughter by gross negligence and causing or allowing the death of a child, all of which they denied.

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