Protestor acquitted after judge dismisses case

13.04.15 | |

Sara Williams represented JG, a teacher of good character accused of assisting an offender to commit a public order offence, under s.46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. JG pleaded not guilty and the matter was committed to Southwark Crown Court for trial.


JG was alleged to have encouraged members of the far right English Volunteer Force to commit offences during a planned demonstration in Parliament Square in March 2014. JG was part of a counter-demonstration, and was assaulted at the hands of the EVF. 


On day six of trial the jury acquitted JG following a successful submission of no case to answer, whereby the Judge dismissed the case. The submission focused on the fact that a person cannot encourage an offence to be committed against themselves.  


The CPS have confirmed that they do not seek to appeal the dismissal.

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