Man jailed for attempting to interfere with a jury

13/01/2017

A 49 year old man has today been sentenced to three years imprisonment for attempting to interfere with a jury at Carlisle Crown Court on 15th October 2014.

William Liversage took video footage on a covert camera from the public gallery inside the court room and outside the court building during his son's trial. When police stopped and searched his vehicle they found other surveillance equipment including a tracking device.

Isla Chilton, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "William Liversage attempted to interfere with a jury in a trial involving three people charged with conspiracy to supply a large quantity of class A drugs, one of whom was his son Liam Liversage.

"He used a covert camera disguised as a mobile phone to get moving images of the jury members during the trial and also filmed outside the court.  It is clear from the surveillance equipment found in his van that he had sinister motives for capturing the footage.

"When his actions were brought to the attention of the court, the trial was stopped and that particular jury was discharged. A new jury had to be appointed and the trial had to be started again from the beginning.

"Liversage's actions interfered with the trial, causing further cost to the public purse, additional inconvenience for the witnesses, and a delay in the delivery of justice. However, the new jury returned with unanimous guilty verdicts against all three defendants and they were subsequently sentenced to a total of 20 years imprisonment.  It is fortunate that he did not succeed in preventing justice being served for his son and co-defendants.

"Though Liversage may well have been acting in a somewhat misguided way to help his son, perverting or attempting to pervert the course of justice is an extremely serious offence and will not be tolerated.

"The CPS has a responsibility to the public, which includes victims, witnesses and in this case members of the jury and we will endeavour to protect them in any way possible."