Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jury in Gregg Trial Yet to Reach Verdict

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jury in Gregg Trial Yet to Reach Verdict

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THE jury in the trial of alleged child abuser Colin Gregg has yet to reach a verdict.

The former head teacher, of Homefarm Steading in Gosforth, Newcastle, denies nine counts of indecent assault against four boys.

The alleged attacks are said to have taken place on boys aged between 11 and 14, beginning in the early 1960s and lasting until the 1990s.

The jury of seven women and five men began their deliberations at Leeds Crown Court at 10.40am yesterday and were sent home at 4.05pm.

They will resume considering the evidence today.

Judge Robin Mairs told the jury to return unanimous verdicts and to make their decisions without emotion. During the trial, prosecutors alleged Gregg molested four boys in his home gym, his study, in his car and a swimming pool.

Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC said: "He did dreadful things to these children.

"He knows it, the world should know it and he should be convicted."

However, Gregg's defence argue that the complainants have "jumped on the bandwagon" following previous allegations made against the 75-year-old. …

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