Cairns trial adjourned until Friday as jury considers verdict


Chris Cairns' perjury trial has been adjourned until Friday, with the jury yet to come to a decision on its verdict.

Former New Zealand all-rounder Cairns has pleaded not guilty to charges of perjury and perverting the court of justice.

Cairns is accused of falsely declaring under oath in a libel case three years ago that he had never cheated at cricket, while fellow player Lou Vincent claims he was asked to give a false witness statement.

In the libel case in 2012, Cairns won £90,000 in damages after former Indian Premier League boss Lalit Modi alleged Cairns helped fix Indian Cricket League matches during his time with the Chandigarh Lions.

The prosecution in the trial at Southwark Crown Court allege Cairns was dishonest when he stated in the earlier case that he had never cheated.

The jury retired to consider its verdict on Tuesday and, having failed to reach a decision after three and a half hours of deliberation, proceedings have been adjourned until Friday.