Jury discharged in John Leslie sexual assault trial

The jury in the sexual assault trial against former Blue Peter present John Leslie has been discharged.

By Stephen Wilkie
Monday, 12th October 2020, 3:41 pm
Former TV presenter John Lesli
Former TV presenter John Lesli

Leslie, 55, of Edinburgh, denies sexual assault by intentionally touching a woman without her consent on December 5, 2008. The alleged incident is said to have happened at a Christmas party in London's West End.

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The ex-broadcaster, whose full name is John Leslie Stott, sat quietly in the dock at London's Southwark Crown Court, as judge Deborah Taylor said the case would start afresh on Tuesday morning.

She told the jury: "A juror is unable to carry on so what I am going to do is, since we are in the early stages (of this case) is to discharge this jury and swear in another."

Leslie also presented Wheel of Fortune and This Morning – both on ITV - before turning his attention to business as a property developer and moving back to Edinburgh from London.