16 Mar 2012

Te Urewera jury deliberations delayed

12:00 pm on 16 March 2012

Deliberations in the trial of four people taking part in what the Crown says were military-style camps in Te Urewera National Park have been delayed after a juror injured themselves.

Tame Iti, Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara, Urs Singner and Emily Bailey face a number of charges including participating in an organised criminal group and unlawful possession of firearms.

The four denied the charges when the trial began in the Auckland High Court in February

The jury began considering its verdicts at midday on Thursday and was due to resume at 10am on Friday.

But the court has heard a jury member accidentally hurt themselves on Friday morning and has gone to hospital for treatment.

The judge said he would enquire about the extent of the injuries later in the day, but expected the jury will be able to resume on Monday.

The jurors have been sent home, and reminded not to speak about the case to anyone.

Some family members and friends of the accused who have been nervously waiting for a verdict are frustrated at the delay.

The trial has been going for five weeks.