Jury out in Adam Johnson trial

Adam Johnson. photo / AP
Adam Johnson. photo / AP

The jury is out in the trial of England footballer Adam Johnson, with the judge giving them a clear score to aim for.

Judge Jonathan Rose has told the jury: "12 - 0 is the only possible score."

The jury is deciding verdicts on two charges against Johnson, that he had sexual activity with a 15-year-old schoolgirl. He has denied the charges although on the first day of the trial at Bradford, he admitted two other charges of sexually grooming and kissing the girl.

Judge Rose said: "You may have heard of majority verdicts. They do not apply in this case and they may never apply in this case. What you must strive to do is reach unanimous verdicts."

The victim girl was a Sunderland fan. She initially swapped messages with Johnson, and then the pair met when he gave her a signed shirt.

Johnson told the court that Sunderland AFC had known that he admitted kissing and sending explicit messages to the girl from May 2015.

- NZ Herald

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