Masters Student Acquitted
David Hislop QC successfully defended MM, a Masters student who faced a charge of manslaughter arising out of an argument in an East End Park over a dog. The Prosecution relied upon the evidence of three eye-witnesses, one of whom was the deceased’s wife. Two of the three witnesses alleged an unprovoked physical attack by MM upon the deceased. The Prosecution further called evidence to prove that the defendant was a talented boxer who was a former runner up in the British University Boxing Championships. During legal argument the defence resisted an attempt by the Prosecution to lead evidence of the good character of the deceased, a former school-teacher, but won a further legal argument relating to the introduction into evidence of a previous police caution received by the deceased for the assault on a minor. The jury found MM not guilty of the charge of manslaughter in less than two hours of deliberations.