The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal that a High Court judge failed to adequately direct a jury.
After 10 hours of deliberations, the jury in the Palmerston North trial of Michael Hastie failed to agree on an unanimous verdict for six of eight counts of sex offending and underage prostitution.
Jurors sought advice from the judge, who said they needed to resume deliberations, but would accept a majority verdict.
Within 30 minutes it found Hastie guilty of the six other charges.
Hastie's lawyer argued the judge should've told the jury to stay true to its oath and not give in merely for the sake of agreement.
The Supreme Court's ruled the judge only explained what was required for a majority verdict, and didn't pressure the jury to reach one.