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Millionaire trial restarted
Major and Mrs Ingram
Mr and Mrs Ingram deny the charges
The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? fraud trial has started from the beginning again, after a juror fell ill.

The entire jury at London's Southwark Crown Court was discharged on Friday morning after one male juror was taken ill, and could not continue.

Judge Geoffrey Rivlin, QC, decided to replace the whole jury rather than carry on with 11 jurors, as the trial had begun only on Wednesday.

"I cannot have a jury of only 11 members at the beginning of a trial such as this," he said.

A new panel of eight women and four men jurors - 10 of whom were from the existing panel - was sworn in on Friday afternoon.

The judge said to the jurors who had heard it all before: "I can only say what the teachers used to say at school before they administered a punishment... This is going to hurt me as much as it is going to hurt you."

Tecwen Whittock
Tecwen Whittock is also accused

He then took the jury through the charges and explained how a contestant got onto the ITV1 gameshow.

Prosecutor Mr Nicholas Hilliard will later open the case for the prosecution for a second time.

The prosecution claims Major Charles Ingram, 39, scooped the gameshow's 1m jackpot after being signalled the correct answers by coughs from lecturer Tecwen Whittock, 53, who was in the studio.

The major and his wife Diana, 39, from Easterton in Devizes, Wiltshire, both deny conspiracy to "dishonestly procure the execution of a valuable security".

Mr Whittock, of Whitchurch, Cardiff, who is head of business studies at Pontypridd College, denies the same charge.

The trial was later adjourned until Monday.


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