Acquittal for professionally regulated client of Liam Walker

17.01.17 | |

Liam Walker’s client was acquitted today at Oxford Crown Court of a charge of stealing large amounts of controlled drugs from her employer, the John Radcliffe Hospital.  Leona Bellhouse was a senior gynaecology nurse who stood accused of altering patient records and forging the signatures of doctors to facilitate the theft of anaesthetic medication.  During the trial, heard over three weeks, complex and conflicting toxicological and handwriting evidence was adduced. Ms Bellhouse was acquitted and an order for recovery of defence costs was allowed.  A press report can be found by clicking here

 

In addition to the complexities of the trial itself, Liam successfully sought a judicial order to correct press reporting of the case.  After the Crown’s opening, the Daily Mail reported on the case with numerous and significant and potentially prejudicial inaccuracies; following legal argument the trial judge agreed with Liam that the Daily Mail should make alterations to its report. 

 

And although in this case it did not need to be acted upon, Liam also provided early advice on the ramifications of the case on Mr Bellhouse’s registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

 

Liam and others in the Doughty Street team are regularly sought out for cases where criminal investigations or cases involve issues of professional discipline and regulation, as well as media law issues.   

 

Liam was instructed by Kate McNab at Cartwright King solicitors.  

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