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Trial abandoned after photographs taken

Bill aims to close loophole

A trial at Douglas courthouse had to be abandoned after photographs of jurors and a prosecutor were taken in court.

The jury was discharged after the Deemster presiding over the case, which was in its closing stages, was told about the photographs.

A police investigation into possible contempt of court revealed that, unlike in England, there is no legal provision prohibiting unauthorised recordings.

A public consultation on a bill designed to close the loophole is under way, with comments being taken until 29 September.

When asked to comment by BBC Isle of Man, Deemster Alastair Montgomerie's office declined to reveal any details about the abandoned case.

A spokesman said this was because a retrial would take place later this year, and new jurors mustn't know about the original trial.

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