Having taken the extraordinary step of giving the jury three weeks off over Christmas the judge prefaced the jury’s verdict by saying how much he would ‘miss them’. More significant than might seem at first. Judge Cutler seems to have develop an avuncular relationship with the jury – to the extent that they were reluctant not to follow his directions……or rather they were bamboozled by his five steps approach. Rather than simply ask for one of three possible verdicts the judge instructed them to deliver five separate verdicts on police procedures that day – the first being was the police information on Mark Duggan handled well. They were then instructed to follow a ‘if you think this then this must have happened’ approach which bamboozled them into delivering a nonsense verdict.