New trial in Chandler's Ford bank robbery case to start on Monday

Daily Echo: Jury discharged in armed robbery trial Jury discharged in armed robbery trial

THE jury in a trial of two people in connection with an armed robbery at a Chandler's Ford bank have been discharged.

Members of the jury were yesterday (THURS) discharged at Winchester Crown Court for legal reasons and a new trial will start on Monday.

Jackelyn Smith, 36, of Mitcham, Surrey, and Caston Francis, of Crystal Palace, London, both deny conspiracy to rob between May 2011 and April 2012.

The trial which started on Monday heard that the gang targeted a string of banks across southern England.

Three men in balaclavas attacked security guards outside the HSBC bank in Winchester Road, Chandler's Ford on November 24 2011 and stole £25,000 in cash.

Three men have already pleaded guilty and await sentencing. They are Leroy Hall, Leon McKenzie and Clifford Griffiths, all from London.

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11:56am Fri 6 Dec 13

southy says...

For what legal reason was the jury discharge for, it needs to be explained as this is wasting public money other wise.
For what legal reason was the jury discharge for, it needs to be explained as this is wasting public money other wise. southy

1:05pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Zexagon says...

Leroy? Leon? Clifford? Caston? Can't believe they're from London
Leroy? Leon? Clifford? Caston? Can't believe they're from London Zexagon

4:28pm Fri 6 Dec 13

thesouth says...

southy wrote:
For what legal reason was the jury discharge for, it needs to be explained as this is wasting public money other wise.
You knowing the legal reason won't make it anymore justified or not justified. Legal reasons are usually the jury hearing something they shouldn't have. It's not a question of public money, it's justice.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: For what legal reason was the jury discharge for, it needs to be explained as this is wasting public money other wise.[/p][/quote]You knowing the legal reason won't make it anymore justified or not justified. Legal reasons are usually the jury hearing something they shouldn't have. It's not a question of public money, it's justice. thesouth

12:50pm Sat 7 Dec 13

good-gosh says...

A jury is not needed after a guilty plea.
A jury is not needed after a guilty plea. good-gosh

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