Harriet Johnson achieves half-time success in child abuse trial

18.05.17 | |


Harriet Johnson has achieved an acquittal for her client and his co-defendant in a sensitive case following a successful submission on a point of law.  Harriet’s client and his partner were charged with cruelty to a two-year-old child.  At the close of the prosecution case Harriet made a submission of no case to answer on the grounds that where it was clear the crime had been committed by one of the two defendants, but there was no evidence as to who was responsible, and no basis for an inference of joint enterprise, both ought to be acquitted.  She relied on a line of authorities involving cruelty to children where death had resulted, and distinguished cases where joint responsibility had been found in cases specifically relating to child cruelty. Allowing the submission, the Judge asked to retain his copy of Harriet’s skeleton argument, which he called “a model of its kind”.


Harriet Johnson was instructed by Caroline Liggins of Hodge Jones and Allen.

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