A MAN has gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court accused of plotting to “nobble” jurors in a hearing involving his criminal son.
William Liversage, 50, denies a charge of intending to pervert the course of justice. This relates to a case heard at the crown court in October, 2014.
It is alleged Liversage covertly filmed jurors with a camera disguised as a mobile phone while sitting in the public gallery during a drugs trial. In the dock were his son and two other men – all three were later convicted and jailed for conspiring to supply £1 million worth of heroin.
Prosecutor Brendan Burke told the court today (TUES) that drugs trial was halted and Liversage was arrested. A covert camera, magnetic GPS tracker, another video recording device and face masks were recovered by police from his vehicle.
There was video footage taken outside the Earl Street building, on a public corridor and – despite it being strictly forbidden – in court during the trial
“His plan was to meddle, interfere or, colloquially, nobble the jury,” alleged Mr Burke, who stressed no jurors were approached or contacted.
However, Liversage, of Conway Street, Birkenhead, told police in an interview he was innocent and had no plans whatsoever to interfere with the jury.
The trial continues.