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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Coach driver sex case jury fails to reach verdicts

The jury in the trial of former Carlisle coach driver Peter McLaughlin on sex charges has been discharged after failing to reach any verdicts.

Related: Alleged sex abuse victim asked for money, Carlisle court told

The eight women and four men spent nearly eight hours in deliberation at Carlisle Crown Court before returning this afternoon to tell the judge that they had reached "an impasse".

Judge Paul Batty QC asked the foreman if there was any chance of their reaching any verdicts if they were allowed more time, and he discharged the jury after being told "No".

The judge gave the prosecution until Thursday to talk to the alleged victim and to "take stock" before deciding whether to take the case to a retrial.

In the meantime McLaughlin was released on bail.

McLaughlin is accused of deliberately grooming a 13-year-old boy and assaulting him after taking him on trips to the continent.

He denied all 15 charges of indecent assault.

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