Sex blackmail case dropped by CPS after legal argument
Sarah Elliott QC has secured a not guilty verdict for a 65 year old man accused of attempting to arrange to meet a child following grooming. The defendant, a man of good character, was caught in a classic 'paedophile hunter' sting through answering an advert on an adult website, by a man whose actual motive was blackmail. After handing over large sums of money the defendant finally reported the man to the police and was promptly arrested and charged himself. After two days of pre trial argument both in and out of court the CPS offered no evidence resulting in the defendant's acquittal.
Sarah was instructed by Chris Stevens of Sonn Macmillan Walker.