Laura Stockdale secures acquittal for client charged with sexual assault 

The defendant faced trial for two counts of sexual assault against his ex-partner at Leicester Crown Court. Prior to trial, Ms Stockdale successfully applied for an intermediary to assist the defendant, as he had recently been diagnosed with autism. The trial involved careful cross-examination of the complainant to avoid any application by the Crown to adduce the defendant’s previous convictions. After a four-day trial, the jury returned not guilty verdicts against the defendant for both charges. 

Laura Stockdale was instructed by Olivia Peck of Johnson Astills.