Discussion in 'Recently Sentenced and Beyond' started by cybervampira, Feb 2, 2019.
Jury sent home
The jury has been sent home for the day having not reached any verdict yet.
They have so far deliberated for more than ten hours and will return again tomorrow.
Libby Squire murder trial updates as jury out for third day
Looks like the jury haven’t got a majority vote as yet. What a shame on Libby’s family.
I was going to say as much as i loathe PR I wouldn't want him found guilty for something he's not done. But then I thought may be I would or at any rate wouldn't have a problem if he was, because a. the only way he's likely to get a sentence that we the public of the UK feel is appropriate for rape is if he is found guilty of murder, and b. it may bring Libby's parents a bit more comfort. So using a utilitarian stance perhaps it's better for everyone (save PR) that he is convicted even if innocent.
Lethal hypothermia – a sometimes elusive diagnosis
So it seems as though a common way of ascertaining whether death has occurred due to hypothermia is the presence of particular markings on the stomach lining due to the micro circulation failing. These “spots” aren’t always present & whether they’d survive after weeks in the water is unclear.
It seems conceivable to me that Libby’s heart & breathing could have slowed so much/stopped with the exertions of attempting to fight PR off/being manhandled/rape that he assumed she was dead.
The defence wouldn’t ask about that likelihood as it would imply resistance rather than consent.
I wonder if the prosecution questioning established the possibility of this?
I actually prefer the jury take their time and deliberate. They have mounds of evidence to sort through. This is a complicated case IMO. If they came back right away I might wonder if they just wanted to get it over with. It is a duty of all jurors to make sure they ponder their verdict intelligently and properly, again IMO. Here in the states if you get put on jury, a lot of people would say “where you too dumb to get out of it?” It really boggles my mind that people think this way.
Out of interest, is there even the remotest possibility that this jury at this stage could find him not guilty of rape? And then not guilty of her death?
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Yes, I agree with you.
100%. The whole point of the jury is to weigh up evidence and question what has been said on either side. The last thing you want is for them to go into that room, say 'yeah whatever' and deliver a verdict 10 minutes later. They've given the last 4 weeks of their life to this, I am glad that they are giving the evidence the consideration it deserves. If I am ever on a jury I would want to make damn sure I am making the right decision; that means listening to the arguments of others and hopefully, eventually, coming to a consensus.
Agreed. The time taken to appoint a foreman of the jury and maybe taking a vote on each of the charges before they start examining them in detail probably accounted for Thurs pm alone
I still think it won't take long after they've been told majority verdicts are allowed.
I really hope you’re right but I am concerned about the weather for tomorrow. If @Joolz1975 can give us a 6am snow report that’d be great!
Looks certain to be a lot of it this evening and overnight
'End' is an old term for field; World's End is just a name for a remote piece of land.
And it doesn't take much snow in the UK for chaos to ensue
It's not that bad in Sheffield at the moment but it is snowing right now and forecast snow showers to continue for the next few hours and tomorrow morning. Police have issued a 'no journey is worth the risk' appeal, so it's in the balance.
You're not the only one confused
I don't think you have to plan to kill for it to be murder tho. As far as I can understand If you intend to cause serious bodily harm it counts.
You can't use, as an excuse, behaviour by the victim or use inherent weakness as an excuse.
This is my understanding - but I'm not a legal person so I'm probably way, way out.
So as I would interpret it as trying to silence someone during a rape is causing serious bodily harm that could lead to death. Or any violence during the rape that could lead to death. It's reasonable to assume that.
If Libby hadn't been vulnerable it might not have done - tho I think that's debatable.
But you cannot use as an excuse something like you only planned to rape and shut them up but they died because they were vulnerable because of their state. It seems to be your responsibility to accept the victim as they are "under the egg shell skull"
So any underlying dispositions and vulnerabilities are irrelevant as I read it.
So he couldn't use as an excuse, Libby's vulnerability. He couldn't assume that a non drunk, non hypothermic person might have survived his attempts to rape and silence her cos the onus, quite rightly, is on the killer not the victim. He didn't chose a sober victim.
Otherwise, I guess, you could quite legally attack vulnerable children or people with heart conditions or people who are vulnerable like Libby and say it's only because they're vulnerable.
That is how I'm understanding it but I'd welcome input from a qualified person.
The other thing it says is you cannot use the behaviour of a victim as an excuse. So as I understand that you can't say - I only planned to rape someone but they fought back or wouldn't shut up. The onus remains with the rapist not to kill them or it's murder.
That seems to apply to escape as well as far as I can see. If your victim dies as a result of escaping - the onus seems to remain with the killer.
As I'm reading it, as a rapist he should done a full health and safety check to avoid murder.
But as I say that's how I'm understanding it. A legal person needs to explain it
Homicide: Murder and Manslaughter | The Crown Prosecution Service
At least the jury are taking it seriously..there was always a danger here that emotion alongside his past convictions would lead to a knee jerk quick verdict
Looking at our poll ... even based on the small amount we have heard its quite split
The length of time it took to charge him also has a bearing on the difficulties and challenges of the evidence
I just don't see enough evidence to convict him for murder.
The big problem for me is the timings.
Silencing Libby is not an indisputable fact of the case. Screams are very much a part of the evidence, as are timings.