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Judge in Oaklands murder case blasts improper social media comments

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 3:03 PM

The judge presiding over the Oaklands murder trial of businessman Steven Causwell this morning charged that persons involved in the case have been using social media to make comments that could influence the outcome.

Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick did not identify anyone, but condemned the conduct.

In her summation of the case to the seven-member jury, Lawrence-Beswick said the comments were improper and urged the jurors not to be influenced by them.

Causwell is on trial for allegedly murdering his ex-girlfriend Nardia Mitchell at her Oaklands Apartment in July 2008.

Lawrence-Beswick told the panel of four women and three men that they have been placed in a privileged position and warned them not to abuse it.

Lawrence-Beswick also cautioned them not to feel sorry for Causwell, Mitchell or their relatives.