Judge dismisses jury in Vicky Pryce trial

Mr Justice Sweeney told the jury in the Vicky Pryce trial:

I have received your note which indicates that it is 'highly unlikely' that you are going to reach even a majority verdict.

I am grateful for that.

Against the background of the length of time that you have been in retirement already, I have decided therefore, and it is my decision one way or the other, that I must discharge you from any further deliberations.

That means that your role in this case is now over.


Jury discharged in Pryce trial

The jury in the trial of Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of the former minister Chris Huhne, has been discharged. It failed to reach a verdict on a charge of perverting the course of justice by her taking speeding points for him.