Judge directs jury to acquit woman

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A Judge has directed a jury to find a 50 year-old woman not guilty of attempting to stab her ex boyfriend and threatening to cut off his penis.

Judge Geoffrey Miller QC, told the Derry Crown Court jury of five women and seven men, to find Jacqueline Carol Taylor not guilty of the three charges she faced.

Taylor, of 1 Glen House Mews, Eglinton, denied attempted wounding, threats to kill and common assault.

The charges related to an incident on October 27, 2010.

Prosecuting counsel George Chesney told the court this morning that the Public Prosecution Service would be offering no further evidence in the case.

The judge said the prosecution’s decision was “ appropriate on the evidence opened” and directed the jury to find Taylor not guilty. After the jury was discharged, Judge Miller told the 50-year-old she had been “rightly acquitted.”

However he said the court had concerns about the events of that night.

He imposed a two year restraining order banning Taylor from having any direct or indirect contact with the alleged injured party.

Speaking after she was acquitted Taylor said: “Police blew the case out of all proportion.”

She said the prosecution had put extreme pressure on her and today’s acquittal demonstrates there was not enough evidence to sustain a conviction.

She said: “I now want to be left alone with my family to put this regrettable incident behind me and get on with my life.”