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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Jury sent home after defendant hurt in Carlisle court fall

The jury were sent home early in the case of a man accused of sexually abusing a schoolgirl – after he fell down stairs at court.

Related: Man denies schoolgirl sex abuse and downloading child porn

Judge Paul Batty QC told the men and women deciding the case of Joseph Moody at Carlisle Crown Court that they would not be needed for the rest of the day because the former Sellafield worker was going to hospital.

Judge Batty said Moody, 57, of Scotch Street, Whitehaven, was injured and in discomfort. Moody faces a string of charges relating to alleged abuse of a child and child pornography.

Judge Batty summoned the jury following the lunch break yesterday to tell them:“Unhappily – it’s not the defendant’s fault – he missed a few steps and has injured himself. He is in some discomfort. It is just one of those things. It happens in life and we’ve got to deal with it.”

Moody denies one charge of sexual assault, seven counts of sexual activity with a child, 21 charges of downloading pornographic images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Earlier in yesterday’s hearing, a transcript was read out of a police interview in which he was asked if he had ever sexually touched the girl in the case.

“No, I haven’t,” said Moody, adding that he had “never ever done anything like that”.

The prosecution claim the alleged abuse happened when the child was aged between seven and 10.

The case continues.

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