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Dave Lee Travis trial: Jury given majority direction

Dave Lee Travis and wife Marianne Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Dave Lee Travis and wife Marianne arriving at Southwark Crown Court

Jurors in the sex abuse trial of former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis have been told they can give majority verdicts.

Judge Anthony Leonard made the direction on the third day of their deliberations at Southwark Crown Court.

Mr Travis is being retried on one count of indecent assault on a woman between 1990 and 1991 and one of sexual assault in 2008.

The 69-year-old is also accused of an indecent assault on a third woman in 1995. He denies all charges.

A jury was unable to reach verdicts on the first two charges at an earlier trial.

The judge told the jury of six men and six women: "The time has now come where I can accept a verdict on which not all of you agree, but on which 10 can agree."

Pantomime allegation

Mr Travis, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, was a DJ on BBC Radio 1 until 1993, and also a regular host of Top of the Pops. He is on trial under his real name David Griffin.

Prosecutors claimed Mr Travis was an "opportunist" and argued his "charming and cuddly" persona was no defence for his actions.

But his barrister Stephen Vullo QC said defence witnesses had described him as a "perfect gentleman".

One of the allegations for which he is being retried dates back to the 1990s when he was starring in a pantomime.

Prosecutors claim Mr Travis put his hands inside the trousers of a woman, who was working on the production of Aladdin.

The second allegation on which he is being retried relates to an allegation that the DJ groped a journalist's chest when she went to interview him at his home in 2008.

The additional count of indecent assault is alleged to have taken place on 17 January 1995 and involved a young woman working on the BBC's Mrs Merton Show.

Prosecutors said Mr Travis approached the woman, who was smoking in a corridor, and put his hands on her chest for about 10 to 15 seconds.

The jury will continue its deliberations on Tuesday.

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