Juror who took bribe jailed for six years

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2018

Police then used covert audio surveillance to capture recordings of Leahy talking with a family member at her Glasgow home about the allegations against her.

Between April 19 and June 2 2016, payments of £300, £1,000, £1,200 and £330 were made into Leahy's accounts, and were later discovered by police who suspected she had been bribed. It provided overwhelming proof of your guilt in this matter.

Her home was bugged, leading to 31 conversations between Leahy and her 22-year-old son Joseph being recorded.

At one point Mr Leahy was heard to say: "Mum, it wasn't just you that got bribed so that now when they come to you, you're a step ahead".

"It is thoroughly obvious that a lengthy custodial sentence is merited in such circumstances".

In court, Leahy denied the accusations and claimed the money came from a cheque for £7,446 from a British Shipbuilders pension and a savings club.

On Thursday, the court heard that Leahy still maintained she was innocent of all wrongdoing.

Defence advocate Thomas Ross QC told the court she had cared for her parents and husband before they died, and prison would be "extremely difficult" for her.

'Your evidence to this court in which you denied your actions was quite ridiculous'.

Her trial at the High Court in Glasgow heard Leahy had almost £3,000 paid in four instalments into her bank account between April and June 2016, the Crown Office said. All charges against Mr Clarke were not proven. His wife was convicted of mortgage fraud.

Judge Lord Turnbull said the only way he could deal with the case, the first of its nature in Scottish legal history, was by sending Leahy to prison.

Liam Murphy, procurator fiscal for Specialist Casework, said: 'The role of the jury sits at the heart of our criminal justice system and is fundamental to our rule of law.

"This is the first prosecution of its kind in Scotland which shows that cases of jury interference are exceptionally rare".

"Leahy took advantage of a position of public responsibility for financial gain without any regard to the consequences".

The Crown can ask the court for authority to bring a fresh prosecution in cases where a person was previously acquitted in certain circumstances, including when an offence against the course of justice in the original trial is considered to have been committed.

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