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The jury in the retrial of samurai sword murder accused Antonie Dixon was discharged this morning, only two days after the case began.

A new jury will be sworn in this afternoon, and the retrial restarted.

Dixon, 40, is being tried over incidents that occurred in January 2003, when two women were attacked with a samurai sword at Pipiroa, near Thames, and a man was shot dead in Auckland.

The trial began on Monday but one juror was discharged soon after the opening addresses.

Today Justice Hugh Williams discharged the jury saying the probability of losing a second juror to accident, illness or family crisis was too high.

By discharging the jury now, a new jury could be selected from this week's jury pool and the trial could restart.

The second trial was ordered by the Court of Appeal after Dixon was found guilty of eight charges, including murder and causing grievous bodily harm, in 2005.

The reasons for quashing the first trial are suppressed.

- NZPA