LONDON (AFP) – The jury in the trial of Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell, who is accused of sexual offences including raping a young girl, could return a verdict on Tuesday.
The actor, charged under his real name Michael Turner, is accused of 12 offences spanning a nine-year period.
The jury has retired to consider its verdict and is due to resume its deliberations at 10:30 on Tuesday.
But judge Michael Henshell said he was not expecting a quick decision, telling jurors: "There is no question of you being rushed."
Le Vell faces five counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault, two of sexual activity with a child and two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
The 48-year-old, from Hale, Cheshire, pleaded not guilty to all the charges as they were read to him ahead of the start of his trial at Manchester Crown Court.
The actor has starred for 30 years as car mechanic Kevin Webster in the ITV soap, making him one of the show's longest serving and best-known cast members.
ITV has said that he will not be appearing in any further episodes until the conclusion of the trial, which is expected to last two weeks.