Cleared of Murder, Manslaughter , Attempted Murder, Section 18 GBH and Section 20 GBH

28.06.17 | |

A 16 year old defendant was cleared of all charges after a 6 week trial at the Central Criminal Court. A multi-handed case involving three sixteen year defendants and two sixteen year old complainants.  The case involved a detailed understanding of knife crime - wound mechanics, tracking and angles of penetration  - and how to mount a complex defence in dealing with issues posed by the gang culture in London. The defendant was alleged to be part of a joint enterprise armed knife attack on two other youths (DK and AT) in Dagenham, East London.  Anonymity applications, special measures for young defendants on grave charges, admissibility arguments on prison letters inter-defendants and special directions based on slow motion CCTV evidence were a feature of the trial. Joe has published research in Archbold News in several of these areas and is a recognised defence specialist in high-profile homicide allegations.  Joe Stone QC led Ellis Sareen (Foundry Chambers) and was instructed by Seema Parikh from MPR Solicitors. 

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