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Fishermen's murder trial continue to be affected by ill jurors

Published:Tuesday | October 14, 2014 | 9:43 AM

The Home Circuit Court is to ascertain the status of three jurors who failed to attend court for a trial yesterday because they’re reportedly suffering from chikungunya-like symptoms.

The jurors are hearing the case involving two fishermen charged with the 2004 murders of three children.

The case has been postponed on numerous occasions because of ill jurors.

After the jurors failed to turn up yesterday, Justice Gloria Smith, who is trying the case, adjourned until Wednesday.

Last week, she opted to opted to adjourn the case to allow a sick juror to recover instead of discharging the juror and allowing the trial to proceed with an 11-member panel.

The law allows for only one juror to be discharged from a murder case.

If for any reason another juror has to be discharged, the trial will have to be aborted and an order made for a retrial.


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