Can anyone explain to me why a certain couple are able to walk to and from a court room where they are being tried for murder. I wonder why they are not in prison like most people being tried for this sort of crime. And I'm not even going to ask if they can still vote.
Not being certain as to their identity,there can be many reasons why people are not jailed during their trial(main one being innocent until proven guilty)If the prosecutions case isn't a very strong one,there's a risk that this couple (on being found innocent) could sue for wrongful arrest etc.
It depends on the court if they consider them a flight risk or not and then put them on police bail. You might find they have other restrictions imposed on them to restrict their movements as part of the bail. I think innocent till proven guilty still operates in this country.
This couple have been granted bail, so they're free to go home at night. There will normally be conditions to this bail imposing curfews etc.
Many murder defendants are given such bail, as it is very expensive keeping people on remand, more expensive in fact that keeping them in jail.
Bail will be approved if the defendants are not consider a danger to the general public, which is the case here as the murder in question was not a random act of violence.
If found guilty, the couple will have to serve the whole sentence (less any time off for "good behaviour"), as they will not be deducted any time served on remand, because they've not sent any time on remand
When I was involved with the UK court's, it wasn't unusual for a person turning up with the 'worldly' goods, expecting to be given a custodial sentence, and then informed to come back in a month or two's time, after the judge had made a decision.
There was also the cases when people turned up, and were 'sent down', but hadn't bothered to bring their 'worldly' goods. They were usually the one's who said that the police and court's had it in for them, and it was all a misunderstanding!.
"I wonder why they are not in prison like most people being tried for this sort of crime."
I don't know where you got that idea from. Lots of people accused of murder are granted bail. They'll be bailed unless the prosecution convinces a court that there's a real risk they will abscond before the trial date, or that they are likely to commit further offences if free to walk the streets pending trial.