I've sat on a rape jury. My verdict? They're a life-saver: As it's proposed juries in rape trials are replaced with specialist panels, SUE REID gives a powerfully personal insight into the minds of those deciding the fate of the accused

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Sitting with 11 strangers in the jury box of an English crown court, the story of a girl's rape by a young man she hardly knew in the bedroom of her home one Friday night rang true. At least at first.

The girl, let's call her Cherie, goes to a party, and by chance meets an old school friend who has always had a fancy for her. 

They dance all evening and he buys her five glasses of vodka and Coke until she gets tipsy and nearly slips to the floor.