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A jury in Ricardo Barbaro murder trial will be referred to prosecutors for defying a judge’s orders and researching the case independently.
Barbaro’s trial began this week in Victoria’s Supreme Court after the 36-year-old pleaded not guilty to the murder of his on-again, off-again lover Ellie Price. Ms. Price, 26, was discovered dead at her flat in South Melbourne in May 2020. On Monday, 14 jurors were appointed for the trial in Melbourne, including 10 men and four women.
However, Justice Lex Lasry discharged the jury on Wednesday morning after discovering that one of the jurors had done their own research on the case. ‘I’m going to have to dismiss you,’ he explained. ‘I propose referring the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions.’
Ricardo Barbaro is 36 years old.
Suspect in the Murder of Ellie Price, Pleaded not guilty
On Monday, Justice Lasry informed jurors that they may not conduct ‘any type of independent investigation concerning any aspect’ of the case. You must not use Google or comparable search engines to find information about this case,’ he instructed the jury. Of course, jurors undertaking their own study diminishes public trust in the jury system.’
A jury may only consider evidence presented in court and may be penalized with contempt of court for violating a judge’s directives. Later that day, at the openings for a different Supreme Court murder trial for two individuals, the subject was mentioned. ‘It’s always difficult to get people to do what you want them to do, but you’re actually being asked not to do it,’ said counsel Damian Sheales to the jury. Look at the price of all of this – it’s just thrown away.‘