A MAN who allegedly researched and told his fellow jurors of a defendant's criminal history has had his case sent to crown court.

John Byrne, 64, was sitting on the jury of a case being heard at Burnley Crown Court when he is alleged to have looked into the history of the person in the dock and told fellow jurors of their past on November 4, 2021.

The discussions he is accused of having led to the case, relating to the alleged assault of a police officer, being adjourned.

Appearing this morning at Burnley Magistrates' Court, Byrne, of Edge End Avenue, Brierfield, is charged with one count of carrying out research during the trial period, and a separate count of sharing the research with other jurors, both which would be in contravention with Section 20A of the Juries Act 1974

Byrne, who spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address, will appear at Burnley Crown Court on Wednesday, June 8, for a plea and trial preparation hearing in front of a judge.

At the start of criminal trials, juries are instructed they must not do any research into the case and must judge the case solely on evidence hear during the trial, and may only discuss the case with fellow jurors while in the jury room of the court.