In the rape trial of Bruce Lehrmann, the jury was told to “take all the time” it needs to come to a decision.
People waiting for a decision in the trial of Bruce Lehrmann have been told that the jury should “take all the time” it needs to come to a decision.
The trial of Mr. Lehrmann, who is charged with raping his former colleague Brittany Higgins in a ministerial office at Parliament House in 2019, is in its third day of deliberations.
Mr. Lehrmann has said he is not guilty of raping Ms. Higgins and has denied that they had any sexual contact.
This morning, the jury met again to tell the ACT Supreme Court that they still hadn’t decided beyond a reasonable doubt. They also asked Chief Justice Lucy McCallum for advice on how much longer they could think about the case.
Justice McCallum said, “There’s no hurry, and there’s no deadline.”
Justice McCallum also reminded the jury that people who were waiting for a verdict were doing so because they chose to.
“Take as much time as you need,” she told him.
Last week, when the jury started to talk about the case, Justice McCallum told them not to pay attention to how much the public cared about it.