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Judge Directs Acquittals in Prison Mutiny Trial

Paul Mason’s successful submissions of no case to answer on behalf of the first defendant, led to the trial judge at Hove Crown Court directing acquittals of prison mutiny and violent disorder against all five defendants.  The Judge accepted that, following Mason v Cummins the disturbance at HMP Lewes in October 2016 did not amount to a common purpose to overthrow lawful authority.  Further, the Judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence that three or more of the defendants had engaged in violent disorder.  Paul was successful also in his submissions of no case to answer on a further alternative count of affray.

Paul was instructed by Sarah Robertson at Birnberg Peirce and Partners