Bruce Lehrmann trial: jury sent home for the weekend having yet to reach a unanimous decision

The Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court appealed to the jury not to discuss the case with other people before the follow-up discussion next week

The jury in Bruce Lehrmann's trial will continue their deliberations on Monday, having spent a full day considering the case without reaching a unanimous decision.

ACT Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucy McCallum sent the jury home again around 4pm Friday, urging them to avoid discussing the case with anyone else.

He also urged them to "take a vacation" away from social media.

"You may enjoy it more than you think," he says.

The jury will continue their deliberations on Monday at 10 a.m. The first talks began on Wednesday afternoon.

Lehrmann is accused of raping fellow political staffer Brittany Higgins in the office of their boss, then defense industry secretary Linda Reynolds, in the early hours of March 23, 2019.

The alleged rape took place on the couch directly across from Reynolds' desk.

Lehrmann denies the charges and pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual intercourse without consent in court.

Prosecutors, led by Shane Drumgold SC, have told the jury that Higgins is a credible, honest and reliable complainant who is consistent in his description of the alleged rape when disclosing it to friends, colleagues and family.

Drumgold accused Lehrmann of providing double and false reasons for the late-night visit to parliament, which came after a night of drinking in a Canberra bar. He told his boss he was there to drink whiskey, told parliamentary security he had been ordered to retrieve the paperwork, and told police he was there to pick up the keys and work on some quick questions.

Lehrmann's adviser Steven Whybrow, meanwhile, has suggested that Higgins fabricated the allegations after being found naked in the minister's office. Whybrow said Higgins was afraid of losing his job and felt ashamed and humiliated.

He said no other evidence, other than Higgins' evidence, independently corroborated his allegations, and had attempted to undermine his credibility by pointing out inconsistencies in his account.

The matter will return to the ACT Supreme Court on Monday.

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