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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Trial of Cumbrian garden centre boss halted for second time

The jury in the trial of a Cumbrian businessman accused of lying in an attempt to avoid a drink-driving conviction has been discharged at Carlisle Crown Court.

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Thomas Hayes

Thomas Hayes, 44, of Crook Lane, Kendal, managing director of Hayes Garden World at Ambleside, was accused of perverting the course of justice by falsely claiming he had not been behind the wheel of his Porsche when it crashed near his home.

Derek Henderson, 57, of Woodbank Terrace, Endmoor – who worked for Hayes and backed up his story that he had not been driving – was in the dock with him.

The case was opened in front of a jury on Monday but most of yesterday was taken up with legal argument.

And this morning the jury returned to court to be told that for legal reasons it would not be possible to continue.

It was the second time the trial had been stopped.

Hayes and Henderson will go on trial for a third time, in front of a different jury, on March 4.

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