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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

"Ralph Mauger Trial - Summing Up Begins"

Judge summing up - Mauger trial

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The verdict in the trial of a former Jersey Centenier facing child sex abuse charges could be known today.

The jury has retired to consider the evidence in the case of 77-year-old Ralph Cyril Mauger.

He denies seven counts of indecent assault and one of inciting an act of gross indecency, involving girls aged six to 14, and alleged to have happened at a house in Grouville between 1998 and 2006.

This morning defence advocate Stephen Baker finished off the very last part of his closing speech to the jury.

He said to the jury: "These are difficult and unpleasant things for you to consider."

Then the judge, Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith, taking two hours, summed up the case and gave his directions to the jury.

He said: "It is necessary to keep a cool head in cases of this type. Please make your judgement strictly on the evidence you've heard. Leave your preconceptions behind you."

The judge asked the jury to try and return a unanimous verdict. But he did say he would consider a majority by 10 votes to two.

It's now down to the eight men and four women of that jury to decide Mauger's fate.

They have sat through six full days of evidence, including testimony from the three alleged victims in this case, as well as hearing a series of character statements supporting the defendant.

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