Soham Case Jury Fails to Reach Verdicts

The Birmingham Post (England), December 13, 2003 | Go to article overview

Soham Case Jury Fails to Reach Verdicts


The Soham murder trial jury was sent home last night after failing to reach verdicts on Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr.

The jury of seven women and five men retired yesterday morning after trial judge Mr Justice Moses completed his summing-up of the 27-day case. He later adjourned the trial until Monday, after the jury had deliberated for just over five hours, warning them not to discuss the case with anybody.

The parents of both ten-yearolds were in court to see the jury sent out, and were accompanied by Holly's brother Oliver, aged 14, and Jessica's sisters Rebecca and Alison, aged 18 and 15.

The jury returned shortly before lunch and asked to see the bath in which Holly Wells allegedly drowned.

Mr Justice Moses ordered that historic Courtroom Number One be cleared and the bath brought in so the jury could inspect it in private. They asked to see the bath and to be provided with a tape measure and 'straight edge' to judge the depth of the bath.

The bath was previously brought into court during the prosecution case and measured in front of them.

Huntley's legal team initially told them there were some 18 inches of water in the bath when Holly fell into it, but pathologist Dr Nat Cary said the bath's overflow was 11 inches high. …

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