The jury in the trial of a Crown Prosecution Service solicitor accused of stalking his deputy district judge wife has been discharged.

Scott Ainge, 47, denies stalking Kate Ainge, 41, and five counts of unauthorised access of information under the Computer Misuse Act.

Ainge, of Camellia Drive in Clayton-le-Woods, is accused of a campaign of harassment against his former wife and of using the CPS case management system to look up details on her new partner.

The six men and six women in the jury for his trial at Liverpool Crown Court was discharged on Tuesday morning, the fifth day of the trial.

The case, before judge Mrs Justice Steyn, was adjourned to Monday, when a new jury is expected to be sworn in.