This morning’s continuation of the trial of Neelu Berry and Sabine McNeill was adjourned, as Mr Attridge, the prosecution barrister, had fallen ill with a migraine. This means that any small hope that the trial might wrap up tomorrow has been completely dashed.
HH Judge Worsley noted that he would be available next week until Wednesday, should the trial require that much time. However, current estimates seem to indicate that the trial should be finished by Tuesday (barring further unforeseen circumstances).
The announcement of today’s adjournment was met with much grumbling from the defendants’ supporters, who were heard to exclaim that “the prosecution should have had an extra person ready to take over” in case of emergency. Apparently at least some view a court case as rather like a football game, in which a substitute must be prepared to dash out onto the pitch to replace an injured player.
We agree that it’s very frustrating to have the trial stop and start like this, but as the judge said this morning, there’s really nothing that can be done about it. And we’re as certain as we can be that it’s not part of any grand conspiracy.
The current plan, then, is to begin tomorrow with the prosecution wrap-up, followed by any written admissions from the defence. In addition, the defence may call witnesses if they so choose.
We’ll bring you our report as soon as it’s available.