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Jury deadlock in ‘plane sex’ teacher trial

A TEACHER accused of having sex with a pupil in a plane toilet could face a retrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict.

The panel of four men and six women in the trial of Eleanor Wilson was discharged after three days of deliberation at Bristol crown court.

Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, stopped the trial after the foreman told him there was not a ‘realistic prospect’ of majority verdicts on any of the four charges of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust. Wilson denied all charges.

Prosecutor Virginia Cornwall asked for a week to decide on a retrial. Wilson, 29, was accused of having drink-fuelled sex with the boy, then 16, on a British Airways flight as they returned from a school trip to Africa in August 2015. She was said to have seen the boy outside of school. Wilson discovered she was pregnant and had an abortion, with prosecutors claiming the boy was the father.

The court heard their relationship was exposed when another pupil tried to blackmail her into having sex with him.

Wilson said she formed a friendship with the boy because she had no friends her own age she could confide in but there was ‘no truth whatsoever’ in his claims.

She accused her ex-partner Andrew Hall of being violent and controlling, which he denied.

Wilson, of Dursley, Gloucestershire, was granted unconditional bail by the judge.