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Constance Marten and Mark Gordon remanded into custody as court hears remains of baby were found in plastic bag

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Constance Marten and Mark Gordon have been remanded into custody and charged with manslaughter. The couple appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court on Friday accused of three charges, including concealing the birth of a child and perverting the course of justice.

Marten, 35, and Gordon, 48, only some to confirm their names, dates of birth and that they were of no fixed abode during a short hearing.

The court heard how the remains of a baby were found in a plastic bag under some nappies in an allotment shed. Marten and Gordon were arrested in Stanmer Villas, Brighton, on Monday after police attempted to establish their whereabouts over the course of several weeks. Read more: Predatory rapist attacked 70-year-old woman, days after sexually assaulting teenage girl A post-mortem examination is due to take place.

Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford, from the Met, previously said officers have been unable to determine the baby’s gender.

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