Juror George Best fined over 'plead guilty' remark
A juror who was overheard saying the accused "should plead guilty", resulting in a High Court trial being deserted, has been fined £250.
George Best, 65, was found in contempt of court for making the remark, which was heard by the accused's mother who reported it to the court clerk.
The High Court in Glasgow heard Best had a "significant alcohol problem" and committed "an act of crass stupidity".
Judge Lady Rae said she had decided "reluctantly" not to send Best to jail.
The judge ordered that Best's name be removed from the list of potential jurors.
Lady Rae told him: "What you should maybe do is use your money to pay the fine instead of drinking so much alcohol during the day."