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Man accused of Carlisle court jury “tampering” gives evidence

A MAN accused of jury “tampering” at Carlisle Crown Court has denied there was any sinister intent behind his covert use of a camera during a trial.

William Liversage, 50, has pleaded not guilty to an allegation of intending to pervert the course of justice. This stems from drugs trial in October, 2014, involving his son.

Liversage filmed court proceedings and captured jurors with a camera disguised as a mobile phone. The prosecution alleges he was intending to “nobble” the jury.

But giving evidence today (WED) during his trial at the crown court, Liversage said that was “definitely not” the case.

He admitted taking video footage in the courtroom, conceding that was “stupidity” because it was illegal. But he insisted he was merely “testing” a covert camera he was interesting in buying due to a keen interest in surveillance.

His barrister, Lloyd Morgan, asked him: “Did you intend to interfere with the course of justice when you were taking these photographs?”

Liversage, of Conway Street, Birkenhead, replied: “Most definitely not, no.”

The trial continues.

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