Diana Jury Asks Coroner: Why Are We Here?

04-03-08

THE jury in the Diana inquest yesterday asked the coroner to remind them why they are there.

Anti-lock brakes were first used in the 1920s

After hearing two hours of detailed evidence about Diana's affair with surgeon Hasnat Khan, the 12 men and women at the High Courts of Justice interrupted proceedings to ask if they could go back to the bit about the car crash.

Wayne Hayes, the jury foreman, said: "While the Princess's passionate affair is – of course – utterly fascinating, we're just not sure how it relates to why we are actually here.

"We were thinking that, at some point, we might hear evidence from the engineer who designed the anti-lock braking system on the Mercedes S-Class, or perhaps an expert in toxicology.

"So unless Dr Khan also happens to have written a book about seat belts, we're really not sure what that was all about."

He added: "So far the only verdict we could give you is that Diana died because she was too full of love. But I'm pretty sure that's not what you're looking for."

The inquest into Diana's life continues today with evidence from a man who knows Elton John and a woman who wrote an article about Diana's clothes, neither of whom know anything about power steering or the structural integrity of a concrete underpass.

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