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'Tell rape jury my lie test score'.

Byline: Keir Mudie

A MAN accused of rape wants the results of a liedetector test he took to be shown to the jury, in what would be a UK legal first.

Polygraph tests are not admissible as evidence in court but are used by the probation service to determine if sex offenders can be freed from prison.

Paul Henry, 48, of Newport, Gwent, is accused of raping a teenage girl, but his defence team have asked for test results to be taken into consideration.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Gloucester crown court: "We will be breaking new ground in this country if we admit a polygraph."

Fair Defence barrister Martin Steen said if probation officers are allowed to use polygraphs they should also be admissible evidence.

He added: "It is part of the defendant's right to a fair trial that this evidence is before the jury.

"If the Home Office thinks it is relevant for their own purposes it should also be relevant to a jury."

Henry denies rape, serious sexual assault and six sexual assaults on one child. He was bailed until a pretrial hearing on October 20 and trial on November 10.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 10, 2014
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