New trial date set in Sussex baby murder case

A new trial date has been set for Sussex parents accused of being responsible for the death of their eight-week-old baby daughter.

Saturday, 5th December 2020, 12:35 pm
Updated Saturday, 5th December 2020, 12:38 pm

It is the third time a new trial date has been sent after the original trial was abandoned in March due to coronavirus – while the second trial collapsed last month.

Tiffany Tate, 22, and Michael Roe, 33, will now face a retrial over the death of their daughter, Holly Roe, on February 1, next year, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed.

Mr Roe is charged with the murder of a child under one years old between September 8-11, 2018; and causing or allowing the death of a child.

Michael Roe and Tiffany Tate outside court

While Miss Tate is charged with causing or allowing the death of a child.

Paramedics were called to Roe’s house in Alderbrook Close, Crowborough, in the early hours of September 10, 2018, where baby Holly was reported to be having breathing difficulties.

She was taken to Pembury Hospital, where she was tragically pronounced dead.

A post-mortem showed that the cause of death was a traumatic head injury.