Kirsty Brimelow QC secures acquittal of man accused by police undercover pickpocketing duty squad of sexual assault of a woman outside Buckingham Palace

 

Mr. Nejjar went along with hundreds of other tourists to watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham palace. Unfortunately for him, the police undercover pickpocketing squad decided that he was rubbing himself sexually against a woman. There was no complaint nor evidence of any distress or upset from the woman. No statement was ever taken from the woman.Mr. Nejjar was arrested for sexual assault. He was a 71 year old man, highly decorated for his public service in Morocco. His health is poor and eyesight limited despite two eye operations. He was handcuffed and transported to a police station where he was held in a cell for around 7 hours. The officer in the case informed the solicitor in the police station that the case was unlikely to go anywhere. However, the CPS took the decision to charge Mr. Nejjar. Under cross-examination, the officer who had made a statement that he saw Mr. Nejjar “spooning” women admitted that he did not actually see any physical contact. The jury acquitted Mr. Nejjar unanimously in 40 minutes.

 

Kirsty Brimelow QC defended Mr. Nejjar and was instructed by Chris Stevens of Sonn Macmillan Walker solicitors.

 

Press coverage in the Daily Mail.

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