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Jury out in Liversage trial

[A] JURY in the Carlisle Crown Court trial of a man charged with perverting the course of justice has retired to consider its verdict.

William Liversage, 50, is accused of trying to “nobble” jurors in a 2014 drugs trial at the same building involving his son. Liversage denies the allegation.

During his trial this week, the court has heard that he covertly filmed proceedings in that previous hearing with a camera disguised as a cheap mobile phone. Jurors were captured in courtroom footage which was recovered and analysed by police after Liversage was arrested while travelling away from court.

It is alleged that his plan was to interfere with that jury.

However, Liversage, of Conway Street, Birkenhead, denies there was any attempt to meddle with court proceedings.

He has stated he was innocently testing on-loan video equipment during his son’s drugs trial. He conceded this was “stupidity” on his part, insisting it was linked to his long-standing “hobby” of surveillance.

Having heard all the evidence in the case, the jury retired to consider its verdict this afternoon (THURS).

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