||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 103 (May)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Tuckey LJ, David Steel and Gloster JJ
||Llewellyn Sellick (assigned by the Registrar for Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Mary McCarthy (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||9 May 2005
Criminal evidence and procedure - Trial - Jury - Improper pressure to reach verdict - Conviction not unsafe.
In the circumstances of the instant case, the conclusion that the jury had been placed under undue pressure to reach verdicts, or that an impartial observer might think so, could not be justified. The court commented that, although there was no hard and fast rule as to when a jury should be sent out on the last day of a trial, the rule of thumb which was usually observed (that the jury should not be sent out after 3pm was a sound one.
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