Practice and Procedure

R v JB : R v AN (2011)

PUBLISHED January 28, 2011

[2011] EWCA Crim 186

The convictions of two foreign nationals for conspiracy to traffic persons for sexual exploitation and conspiracy to control prostitution for gain were safe where a juror had left the jury room briefly after another juror had made a racist comment during deliberations. There was no reason to discharge the jury as the comment was not directed towards the offenders and deliberations had halted in the absence of the offended juror.

CA (Crim Div) (Elias LJ, Kenneth Parker J, Judge Peter Beaumont QC Recorder of London)