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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Trial of ex-Carlisle coach driver charged with sexual assault abandoned

The trial of a former Carlisle coach driver accused of sexually assaulting a teenage schoolboy on coach trips abroad has been abandoned.

Related: Sex assault claims 'made up', coach driver tells Carlisle court

Peter McLaughlin, 61, was accused of regularly abusing the boy at the time he worked as a holiday coach driver in Cumbria in the 1990s.

He had been on trial at Carlisle Crown Court for a week, but yesterday the jury of 10 women and two men were discharged from giving a verdict after a key prosecution witness was deemed by his doctors to be unfit to give further evidence.

Judge Paul Batty QC said justice demanded the jury should be discharged.

Mclaughlin, who lived in Greystone Road, Carlisle, now of Durham, will now go on trial in front of a different jury on April 7.

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