A TEENAGER who offered jurors £500 to fix the verdict in a crash-for-cash manslaughter trial ‘got her words wrong’, telling them to find the defendants guilty, a court heard.
The 15-year-old girl was meant to try to get the jurors to acquit the accused or force a retrial over the death resulting from the insurance fraud crash, it is claimed.
At the trial of three men accused of being part of the conspiracy, Peter Moulson QC, prosecuting, said: ‘(The girl) approached three jurors whilst all together as they walked away from Leeds crown court and offered them £500 to return guilty verdicts. We say she got her words wrong. She was described by the jurors who she approached as frightened.’
The offer allegedly took place in February.
Haroon Sharif, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, Abdilahi Ahmed, 27, of Leeds, and Shahrear Islam-Miah, 27, of no fixed address, deny conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Five other men admitted the same offence. The case against the girl was dropped after tests showed she had the intellectual capacity of a child of nine, the juror heard.
The trial at Leeds crown court continues.