Lancashire

Nelson slavery trial: Jury fails to reach verdict

Manchester Road
Image caption The jury was unable to reach a majority verdict after six hours of deliberation

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a man accused of forcing a Polish couple to work for £4 a day.

Mohammed Riaz, 63, of Manchester Road, Nelson, Lancashire denied forcing or compelling Margorsha Bienick and Michal Czesniawski into slave labour.

The jury was unable to reach a majority verdict after six hours of deliberation and was discharged by the judge at Burnley Crown Court.

The prosecution is yet to decide whether a retrial will go ahead.

Image caption No decision has been made on whether there will be a retrial

Mr Riaz Snr faced two charges under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

His son Khuram Riaz, 27, was cleared of similar charges earlier in the trial.

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