A JUROR was discharged from a rape case after being caught smoking cannabis in crown court toilets.
On Monday (March 17), visiting police in Chester Crown Court became suspicious after they smelled cannabis smoke coming from the building’s public toilets.
The man was brought back up to court three and discharged from his jury duty by the presiding judge, Judge Stephen Clarke, and cautioned by police.
Police spokesperson Jacqui Hanson said: “At 1.40pm, a 46-year-old man from Crewe was arrested at Chester Crown Court for possession of cannabis.
“He was taken to Blacon custody suite, interviewed and issued with a formal caution.”
The following day, David Alan Betteridge Davies, 35, of Telford Quay in Ellesmere Port was found guilty by the remaining 11 jurors of three counts of rape of a girl under 16 years old and cleared of four others of a female over the age of 16.
Vincent Burke, spokesman for Her Majesty’s Court Service, said: “We can confirm that a juror was discharged from duty at Chester Crown Court after being caught smoking cannabis in the toilets.
“We take this matter very seriously.
“Anyone discovered possessing or taking drugs in the court building will be dealt with by police.”
Last month, a Chronicle investigation revealed cocaine had been snorted in the same toilets.