richardb wrote: ↑Fri May 03, 2019 4:09 pm
The jury was told of his previous convictions but that was not done until Monday and was not covered by the press and so the forum could not rely upon the newspaper reports to inform you of that.
In regard to this, were the press barred from reporting Dobbie's earlier conviction when reporting about this trial? I noticed that none of the media articles mentioned last year's conviction, despite it being widely in the public domain.
If there wasn't a media ban on mentioning his earlier conviction, then the failure to mention it seems unusual, since in those trials of high-profile individuals a few years ago, there were a couple who were already convicted and then faced further charges, and during those subsequent trials, the earlier convictions were mentioned openly.
DazedandConfused wrote: ↑Fri May 03, 2019 4:55 pm
I’m amazed he still has people he can call upon to be character witnesses. They must be aware of his previous convictions so one must assume they believe him innocent of those also.
I remember after Karim was convicted, one of Karim's colleagues at the tennis club said he would still not hesitate to leave his children with Karim.
Some family/friends just can't/won't believe their loved one capable of doing this kind of thing, even if it is proven that they did.
PS, the conclusion of the trial has now reached more media outlets, such as the BBC. It is being reported that sentencing is on 12 June.