Jury fails to reach verdict in AG trial

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The jury in the perjury retrial of Attorney General Stephen Harding has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.

Mr Harding, 52, of Glen Vine, has been bailed pending a decision on whether he is to face a third trial on the same charges.

He denies perjury and committing acts against public justice.

At just after 2.30pm today (Friday) and after seven and a quarter hours of deliberations the foreman of the jury told the Deemster that they were unable to reach any verdicts on either count.

Deemster Peter Birkett thanked the seven jurors for their service, saying he knew it must have been a real challenge for them.

He told prosecuting advocate Larry Keenan that it was in everyone’s interests that a decision was made as soon as possible on whether there should be a further retrial as any delay could only cause anxiety to a lot of people.

A jury in the first trial similarly failed to reach a unanimous verdict in December.

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