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

FROM BRITISH COURTS | 37

Common Law Conspiracy to defraud the Home Office

By Helen Gavaghan at Bradford, Crown Court

21st September, 2016: Three people today pleaded guilty at
Bradford, Crown Court to Common Law conspiracy to defraud the
Home Office. They now have bail, and were instructed via their
advocates to speak to probation.

The plea came midway through the Crown Prosecution's opening state-
ment, before any evidence was presented by prosecution or defence,
and the trial judge instructed the jury to return guilty verdicts.

Speaking to the jury before the verdicts were returned the judge said,
"The best evidence possible of guilt is an admission in the presence of
the jury." Referring to the occasion as serious and technical the judge
explained the defendants were in their charge, and asked the jury fore-
person to respond to the clerk's questions.

The juror seated in the chair closest to the judge, stood, and assumed,
as requested, the task of foreperson. Before returning the formal ver-
dicts the foreperson asked if it was allowed to say something. With the
judge's consent the foreperson said that in the circumstances the jury
had not consulted one another. The judge then suggested the jury nod
to the foreperson their verdicts, and all concurred to returning guilty
verdicts.

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

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