Acquitted of Murder

22.04.13 | |

Andy Hall QC, instructed by Cunninghams Draycott Browne Solicitors to represent Mr Robertson. Robertson was charged with murder following a bungled robbery of a phone trader delivering a van load of merchandise in Coventry. A blow with a steel bar aimed at his back struck him on the skull when he swung round to confront the robbers. It caused a severe depressed fracture that required surgical intervention, including a tracheostomy to assist his respiration during post operative intensive care. As he appeared to be making a good recovery, the victim removed his own tracheostomy tube causing catastrophic bleeding and his ultimate death. Issues in the case included causation, and the detailed examination of evidence from a variety of consultants in surgery, intensive care and pathology. In the event, the case turned on the jury's assessment of Robertson's. intent in the moment that he struck the single misdirected but fatal blow. He was acquitted of murder and sentenced to eight years imprisonment in the respect of the manslaughter and robbery pleas offered at the outset of the case.

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