Rape trial jury are discharged

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JURORS in the case of an autistic man accused of raping a 16-year-old schoolgirl have been discharged after they failed to reach a verdict.

Kevin Wood, aged 34, of Ward Street, Penistone, was accused of attacking the teenager as she walked her dog on fields in Hoylandswaine, Barnsley, in May 2010.

But after nine hours of deliberations following a trial, the jury at Sheffield Crown Court told a judge they would not be able to reach a majority verdict and the case was adjourned.

A retrial will take place in September.