A murder trial was postponed – because one of the jurors has tickets for the Glastonbury festival.So why didn't he say this before...?
The case was stopped midway through the prosecution's opening speech at a cost of thousands of pounds to the taxpayer.
Turns out he did:
The juror had pleaded earlier to be excused but was refused by judge David Radford – until the full extent of his Glastonbury plans from June 24 to June 29 were revealed.So the judge promptly critiscised him for not realising that judges aren't wise, after all:
'If you had elaborated a bit more on what going to Glastonbury entailed, I would have stood you down this morning,' judge Radford told the juror at Snaresbrook crown court, in north-east London.Yes, unknown juror, you really did suppose too much there, when you expected a member of this country's justice system to have the slightest clue about life in the real world...
'I think you perhaps pre-supposed a bit too much knowledge on my part. This is essentially a pre-booked holiday and you have organised to go with friends.'