Report: Jury Still Out In Trial of Former JUDAS PRIEST Drummer

A British jury trying former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Dave Holland, who is accused of attempting to rape a special needs youngster while giving drum lessons, was beginning a second day of deliberations today (January 23) after failing to return any verdicts yesterday.

The jury of seven women and five men spent three-and-a-half hours deliberating yesterday and were returning at 10:00 a.m. today, according to Scotsman.com.

Holland faces one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault on the teenager.

All of the alleged offenses are said to have taken place at the drummer's rural home between June and December 2002.

In summing up the case, Judge Charles Wide QC told jurors to put aside any feelings about the bisexual rock star's sex life, saying, "This is not a court of morals and not a place for emotions."

Holland denies the charges and of having any sexual desires towards the youngster, calling the charges "ridiculous."

In closing, his barrister, Michael Joyce, said Holland was a man who had made a positive contribution to village life in Stoke Bruerne and to the music industry.

But Nicola Cafferkey, basrrister for Holland's co-accused, Spiros Laouitaris, sought to apportion blame on Holland saying that he had taken advantage of two people with learning difficulties.

She said, "When Holland, a man in his 50s, met Spiros, who was 20 or 21, immediately he tells you he realises that Spiros was 'below par'."

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