Chhokar Murder Jury Sent Out

Jurors in the trial of a man accused of murdering Surjit Singh Chhokar almost 18 years ago are to take a second day to consider their verdict.

Ronnie Coulter, 48, is accused of killing Mr Chhokar in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, on November 4 1998 and has been on trial at the High Court in Glasgow for the past four weeks.

The court has heard Coulter was on trial for the second time after previously being acquitted of the murder in 1999.

He denies the charge and the jury retired to consider their verdict on Monday morning after judge Lord Matthews finished giving them his legal directions.

The judge told the 14 jurors they could return verdicts of guilty, not guilty or not proven - the latter two being verdicts of acquittal.

He said they were under no pressure and could take as long as they needed to reach their verdicts.

With no decision reached by 4pm, he told the jury to return on Tuesday for a second day of deliberations, adding it was now ``even more important'' not to discuss the case with anyone.

 

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