Friday 20 October 2017

Jury in Le Vell rape case continue deliberations

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is on trial for a series of alleged child sex offences
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is on trial for a series of alleged child sex offences
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is on trial for a series of alleged child sex offences
Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he is on trial for a series of alleged child sex offences

The jury in the sex abuse trial of Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell has resumed its deliberations.

The jurors - eight women and four men - have been told they must decide if the alleged victim is telling the truth or set out to "quite literally destroy the life" of the actor.

Le Vell, 48, who has played garage mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV1 soap for 30 years, is accused of sexually assaulting and raping a young girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Yesterday, Judge Michael Henshell told the jurors in the week-long trial at Manchester Crown Court that their assessment of the alleged victim was "critical in this case".

Le Vell, being tried under his real name of Michael Turner, denies five counts of rape, three of indecent assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child, and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

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