Urewera trial: Juror hospitalised

By Edward Gay

The accused - (from left) Te Rangikaiwhira Kemara, Emily Felicity Bailey, Urs Signer and Tame Wairere Iti - in the dock in the High Court at Auckland Photo / Brett Phibbs
The accused - (from left) Te Rangikaiwhira Kemara, Emily Felicity Bailey, Urs Signer and Tame Wairere Iti - in the dock in the High Court at Auckland Photo / Brett Phibbs

A jury deciding the fate of the "Urewera Four'' will not sit today after one of them was rushed to hospital.

Justice Rodney Hansen told the remaining 10 jurors at the High Court at Auckland this morning that their colleague had "an accident at home''.

"She's injured her wrist. I'm not sure how serious it is. When the information was received, she was on her way to Auckland Hospital.''

Justice Hansen said the juror will need stitches and may have a broken arm but the incident is unlikely to stop the jury continuing with their deliberations on Monday.

He reminded the jurors that they could not talk about the case and recommended that they "take a break''.

The jury retired yesterday to consider its verdicts in the trial of Tame Iti, Urs Signer, Emily Bailey and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara who are accused of being involved in military-style training camps.

They deny charges of possessing guns and belonging to an organised criminal group, with objectives including murder, arson and using guns against the police.

The jury began their deliberations yesterday morning after Justice Rodney Hansen summed up the case.

- APNZ

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