Jurors in the Operation Alphabet case had to listen to such ‘harrowing’ evidence for nine weeks that Judge Michael Murphy QC excused them from jury service for the next 10 years.
Discharging the jury after 30 hours of deliberations, he told them: “I know you have been faced with some pretty challenging and harrowing evidence, and you have done it with commendable restraint.”
South Yorkshire Police said the case was one of the most ‘complicated and lengthy’ it had ever dealt with.
The investigation involved the processing of 1,473 documents, the creation of 416 reports, the taking-down of 528 statements, and the interviews of 268 people.
A total of 18 officers worked on the case.