judge withheld racist text messages from a jury that were sent from the phones of two G4S security officers accused of the manslaughter of an Angolan man in their care. The judge claimed the offensive messages bore no relevance to the trial.
Terence Hughes, one of three defendants accused of the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga, had 76 racist text messages stored on his phone, The Guardian reports.
The offensive texts were abusive to Asians, Africans and Muslims and demonstrated racist attitudes regarding immigration. But the Old Bailey judge, Justice Spencer, would not allow the messages to be used as evidence in the trial.