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Jury considers verdict in trial of man accused of rape and attempted murder in 1996

PUBLISHED: 15:05 05 June 2014

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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The jury has been sent out to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of raping and attempting to murder a woman in Trowse, near Norwich, almost 20 years ago.

Peter Carroll, 55, of Barnsbury Avenue, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, denies attempted murder, raping and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a woman in the White Horse Lane area of Trowse, Norwich, on Saturday, July 20 1996.

Norwich Crown Court has heard the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, worked as a prostitute at the time.

The jury of seven women and five men were sent out at just before 2.50pm today after Judge Stephen Holt had summed up the case.

Before sending members of the jury out he gave them a number of directions.

Judge Holt told the jury they must leave to one side any emotions they might have.

He also told them to “leave outside the jury room” any prejudices they might have about prostitutes or people who use them.

Judge Holt said there would be no more evidence in the case and the decision they come to on each of the counts must be made on the evidence they have heard.

He said they should not speculate on what other evidence there might have been.

The jury were also told it was the prosecution that bring the case and is for the prosecution to prove someone is guilty.

He said: “If you are sure you must return a verdict of guilty, if not you must return a verdict of not guilty.”

The trial continues.

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