The jury in the Immigration Tower manslaughter and arson trial was discharged yesterday due to one member's ill health. Mr Justice Azizul Suffiad's decision came just two days after the murder trial of a woman accused of throwing boiling oil over her husband before stabbing him 16 times, had to be halted because a juror was unable to continue due to the graphic evidence. Mr Justice Suffiad yesterday discharged the jury of seven women and two men - selected on Wednesday for the trial of 15 abode seekers. The defendants are accused of killing an immigration officer by deliberately starting a fire in the Immigration Tower, Wan Chai, in August 2000. The judge told the Court of First Instance that one juror had produced a medical certificate to say she was unfit to fulfil the role. Another juror had also informed the judge of personal difficulties, but no details were revealed. The judge pointed out that the jurors should have brought to his attention on Wednesday any reason why they could not sit on the case. 'Unfortunately that was not done but they saw fit later to do so, causing some delay in this matter,' he said. A fresh jury is scheduled to be sworn in on Monday. The nine men and six women on trial have denied one charge of manslaughter and one of arson in relation to the fatal blaze in Room 1301 of Immigration Tower on August 2, 2000. They are accused of unlawfully killing senior immigration officer Leung Kam-kwong, who died in hospital on August 11, 2000, and setting a fire in the immigration office. The defendants are: Lam Hok-mo, 23, Ho Hiu-fung, 28, Lam Fun-leung, 23, Lee Sai-yau, 19, Man Suet-ngao, 28, Chiu Tung-ching, 32, Chan Hok-chuen, 21, Wong Kin-ming, 21, Sze Lee-chun, 30, Li Fung-yuen, 21, Ho Hoi-yin, 22, Cheung Sui-yi, 23, Wong Chi, 32, Chow Siu-ping, 28, and Wong Yan-chung, 27. The trial is expected to last 40 days.