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Last Updated:  Friday, 4 April, 2003, 15:47 GMT 16:47 UK
Millionaire jury home for weekend
Diana and Charles Ingram
Mr Ingram and his wife Diana deny cheating

The jury in the trial of an Army major accused of cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has been sent home for the weekend.

Earlier the 11 jury members had asked to see again the untransmitted appearance of Charles Ingram on the show.

Mr Ingram and his wife Diana, both 39, are accused of cheating with the help of deliberately timed coughs by college lecturer Tecwen Whittock.

All three deny "procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception" - namely 1m on 10 September 2001.

Only 11 jurors are judging the case, after one of the jurors at Southwark Crown Court was dismissed on Thursday for undisclosed legal reasons.

There is no reason whatsoever that you should not continue your deliberations in this case
Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC

During Friday's proceedings the jury also asked if they could re-watch film from a camera that had been trained on Mr Ingram's wife throughout his "hot-seat" session.

Before the remaining eight women and three men resumed their deliberations, Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC told them he was pleased to tell them that yesterday's "difficulties" had been overcome.

"There is no reason whatsoever that you should not continue your deliberations in this case. They have not been compromised in any way.

"I am sorry if yesterday's events have discomforted you and put you off your stride at a sensitive time. But you must quickly overcome that and concentrate on the work in hand."

'Coughs genuine'

The prosecution had contended Mr Whittock, 53, from Cardiff, a "fastest finger first" contestant at the time, had used a series of coughs to guide Mr Ingram to most of the right answers.

The officer's wife was accused of helping to set "the fraud" up.

But the officer and his wife, of High Street, Easterton, Wiltshire, have both insisted he won the 1m prize money fairly.

Mr Whittock, who is head of business studies at Pontypridd College, south Wales, has told the court his coughs were genuine and random and had nothing to do with the officer's answers.

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