THE trial of a Herefordshire vicar on child pornography charges has been delayed again. Reverend James Morrish, priest in charge of Kingstone, Thruxton and Clehonger parishes, denies 11 charges of making indecent images of children and two charges of possessing indecent images of children.

The trial was due to start this week. But at Worcester Crown Court last Friday (Feb 16) both prosecution and defence asked for more time to prepare their cases.

Morrish was first due to stand trial late last year, but that date was also put off because the prosecution and defence were not ready.

On Friday, the court heard that the latest delay occurred because prosectors had not served expert evidence on the defence and a prosecution expert had not yet analysed initial evidence from the defence.

Judge Andrew Geddes adjourned the trial to a provisional date in June. Morrish was granted conditional bail and remains suspended from clerical duties by the Diocese of Hereford.