Thursday 2:30 PM Newcastle Crown Court. How soon until Law and Order: SVU tackles the ongoing rivalry between Newcastle and Sunderland fans? It has everything including riots and horse punching. All we need is a sexual crime. Obviously a Sunderland supporter raping a horse in revenge for Barry Rogerson punching a horse. Dramatic court room scene? Sorted.
An unnamed juror was kicked off a jury panel after admitting that he couldn’t be impartial towards the defendant who he called a “Mackem rapist”.
The Newcastle United fan is understood to have told fellow jury members he could not give David Blake, from Sunderland, a fair trial so soon after the bitter 3-0 defeat.
He was then instructed to inform court staff, and stood by his bias when he was brought before Judge Penny Moreland.
As a result, before hearing any evidence from the witness box, he was kicked off the panel despite the trial having opened at Newcastle crown court.
He was told not to come back to court to complete his two weeks’ jury service.
The defendant was eventually convicted after the trial was restarted. Ain’t no mistrials up in Her Majesty’s court. We’re getting this done.
Mackem is slang for a Sunderland resident. Their fans were allegedly chanting “Have you ever seen a Mackem punch a horse!” during their match against Everton last week. Dick Wolf needs to hit us up. TV gold, baby. TV gold.