A judge has refused to allow a Muslim woman to stand trial in a full-length burqa as he said it would be possible for another person to enter the dock pretending to be her.

Judge Peter Murphy told the 21-year-old defendant from Hackney in east London that he would not allow her to enter a plea in court until she showed her face.

The woman, who is facing an allegation of intimidating a witness in Finsbury Park in June, told Blackfriars crown court she could not remove the veil in front of any men because of her religion.

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