A JUROR was dismissed by a judge and escorted from court after he tried to research a case on the internet.
The jury at Durham Crown Court had been sent home for the night in a case of indecent assault, when the juror is believed to have researched the meaning of ‘reasonable doubt’ online.
Judge Christopher Prince discussed the matter with trial counsel in his chambers, and dismissed the juror in a court hearing not open to the public.
Addressing the jury, Judge Prince said: “I have today dismissed one of your number for ignoring the warning, given to you all at the start, to decide the case on the evidence you hear in court, and not to research it online. I have told the juror in no uncertain terms of the importance of the warning, and the amount of court time and public money his actions have caused to be wasted.”
The judge asked the jury to continue their deliberations, ignoring any contributions made by the dismissed juror.
They later found the defendant not guilty.