In charging the jury, the court, after defining the easement over said 7.2 acres and all rights with reference thereto to be acquired by petitioner, gave instructions as to the rules applicable in determining the amount respondents were entitled to recover as compensation therefor. No exception was taken to these instructions.
The court then instructed the jury as follows:
“(A) So the items going to make up the difference embraces compensation for the part that has been taken, compensation to his remaining land. He says, and the Court instructs you that that is correct, that while he has some 48 acres of land left, it is not as good as it was before because he is going to have right alongside of it, this power line and the power line is unsightly; it’s not a pretty thing to look at and the trees that were growing there before could have been pretty to look at and it’s not going to be as pretty any more. (B) So he says what he has left has been hurt by having these rights taken along that strip and the Court instructs you that your duty is to give him full and adequate and complete compensation and take into account everything that affects the value of what he has left as well as what was taken. So that is the duty of the jury.” (Our italics.)
Immediately thereafter, the court gave full instructions as to what is meant by “fair market value.” Later, the court reviewed various contentions of petitioner and of respondents.
Petitioner excepted to and assigns as error the portion of the quoted excerpt from the charge between (A) and (B).
Assuming, as we must, the verity of the agreed case on appeal, the reasonable interpretation of the challenged instruction is that the court endorsed as correct what respondents said (contended) with reference to the adverse effect the petitioner’s power line on the 7.2 acres had *813upon the fair market value of the remaining 48 acres, more or less, of said 55%-acre tract. The statement, “and the Court instructs you that that is correct,” while an inadvertence, violates the portion of G.S. 1-180 providing that “(n)o judge, in giving a charge to the petit jury, . . . shall give an opinion whether a fact is fully or sufficiently proven, that being the true office and province of the jury . . .” Reference is made to S. v. Canipe, 240 N.C. 60, 81 S.E. 2d 173, for a full discussion and citation of authority. A presiding judge is not permitted “to invade the prerogative of the jury in its right to find the facts.” In re Will of Holcomb, 244 N.C. 391, 93 S.E. 2d 454.
Of course, we cannot determine with certainty the adverse effect, if any, the indicated error in the charge had or may have had on the verdict. However, the sole question for jury determination was the amount of compensation respondents were entitled to recover; and the indicated error in the charge related directly to one of the most material and controverted questions to be resolved in making such determination. In the circumstances, we are of opinion, and so hold, that the indicated error in the charge must be considered prejudicial to petitioner. On account thereof, petitioner is entitled to a new trial.
In view of the conclusion reached, discussion of questions raised by petitioner’s other assignments of error is unnecessary.