Harriet Johnson achieves unanimous acquittal on all counts in murder trial

25.08.17 | |

After a seven-week trial, Harriet Johnson has achieved a unanimous acquittal on all counts for her client in a high-profile murder trial.  Kiroraj Yogarajah was one of three men and one youth facing alternative charges of murder, manslaughter, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and causing grievous bodily harm.  Two of Mr. Yogarajah’s co-defendants were convicted of murder, and the other of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

 

During the course of the trial, the Crown took the decision not to rely on a witness who gave evidence of a phone call made by Harriet’s client, which provided crucial exonerating evidence that supported his account.  After considering Harriet’s carefully drafted legal argument, however, the Crown ultimately acquiesced to her submission that it had a duty to call him, meaning his evidence went before the jury as part of the prosecution case.  

 

Coverage of the case can be found here.

 

Harriet was instructed by Pan Symeou and Noreen Kibria of Faradays Solicitors, and led by Jonathan Higgs QC

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