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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x, 25th November, 2016. 18.00 GMT

FROM BRITISH COURTS | 33

At various stages during the trial the judge and counsel mentioned on
the record both brain injury or brain haemorrhage. The Court heard
also that Mr Cumiskey, who had always liked a drink, became a heavy
drinker at a time correlating with a personal tragedy.

Following the verdict his honour moved immediately to sentencing
while the jury remained in the room. He was heard by all in the Court,
including members of the public, in silence. "Only a significant and
substantial sentence can be possible," he said.

The judge additionally issued restraining orders prohibiting contact by
Mr Cumiskey with the three women complainants.

Because of disability the defendent remained seated during sentencing,
though he tried to stand until told by the judge he need not. Five secu-
rity staff were in the dock and Court. Afterwards the judge thanked the
jury. Mr Cumiskey was taken immediately into custody. HG

Unexpected events led to directed not guilty verdicts

! By Helen Gavaghan at Bradford, Crown Court.

21st, June, 2016.
"Things have happened when you were out of Court," said prosecutor,
Stephen Littlewood, this afternoon to a jury in Bradford Crown Court,
"of which you won't be aware. In the interests of justice we (The
Crown) will offer no evidence on either count." The charges were of
grievous bodily harm and assault causing harm, and the defendant was
Mr []. Mr Green, for the defence, said, after the judge discharged the
defendant and the Court rose, that Mr [] is over 18 and the case
Keighley based. Mr Green would give no further precise identifying
information about Mr [].

The trial judge was His Honour Judge Hunt. "In your absence," he
said, "it was my task to investigate. The witness (that is a witness
who had been on the stand prior to the jury leaving the room to allow
discussion of legal matters) is not willing to co-operate in helping you.

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Issue 4 (October - December), 2016. Volume VII. Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x.

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