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Luke Tipene murder trial: Jury unable to come to unanimous decision

Published: 12:47PM Friday September 04, 2015

The jury deliberating the fate of 17-year-old Vincent Skeen has told the judge presiding over his murder trial they cannot reach a unanimous decision.

The twelve-member jury retired more than 24 hours ago to begin deliberations.

They were instructed then to reach a unanimous verdict into whether Skeen is guilty of the murder of Te Rarawa teen, Luke Tipene, last November. 

At just before 12.30pm today both the Crown and Defence counsels were summoned into chambers and asked if a majority verdict would be permissible.

“I don’t see any problem with a standard majority verdict”, Crown prosecutor Brian Dickey said. Defence laywer Lorraine Smith agreed. 

Having retired once again, the jury are now able to reach a verdict where 11 of its 12 members agree.