[20 SEP 00] CRIMES,
FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Cleared Of One Charge
former University of Warwick student has been cleared of a charge
of criminal damage after attacking a submarine, but could still
face a retrial over a second allegation.
James, aged 25, fully admitted hitting HMS Vengeance with a hammer
after swimming through icy water to the nuclear submarine in
Barrow in February last year.
along with Rachel Wenham, aged 28, she was cleared by a jury at
Manchester Crown Court of a charge of criminal damage relating to
spray-painting slogans on the side of the vessel.
jury has now been discharged after failing to reach a verdict over
the hammer attack, which caused thousands of pounds of damage to
the week-long trial the pair have admitted carrying out the
attack, but have argued that their actions were not illegal
because they were preventing a breach of international law posed
by the Trident fleet.
is now possible that a retrial will be called for. But today a
“legal landmark” was set when 28 Greenpeace protestors were
cleared of a separate charge of criminal damage following an
attack on a field full of GM crops.
defendants, including Greenpeace executive director Lord Melchett,
successfully argued that they were trying to protect other crops
Crown Prosecution Service is expected to decide by the end of the
week whether to press for a retrial in the submarine case.
[12 SEP 00] FORMER STUDENT
FACES SUBMARINE CHARGES