Our client, Mr. F, along with a co-defendant was falsely accused of severe charges of kidnapping, blackmail, and assault after he travelled to the UK. The severity of the offences damaged his reputation, as he was a popular Asian actor.
Fearful for his reputation and determined to prove his innocence, he contacted us to represent him. Our assault solicitors immediately sprang into action, determined to uncover the truth of the matter. While requesting all evidence by the police and the prosecution, our criminal defence solicitors were unable to recover all evidence – it was revealed that the prosecution had not submitted key evidence to the judge and to the court, causing delays in the trial. While repeatedly requesting the prosecution for key evidence from the complainant’s mobile phone and from our client’s mobile phone (which the police had seized), our assault solicitors conducted their own thorough legal investigation. This included conversing with multiple forensic experts to scan our client’s other devices, including his laptop, gathering multiple character statements about our client, and gathering multiple witness statements to paint a larger picture. Furthermore, our criminal defence solicitors worked closely with forensic accountants to monitor our client’s bank accounts for any financial evidence of these serious offences.
The prosecution finally submitted a huge amount of evidence, which resulted in the judge personally demanding an explanation from the prosecution for the severe delay in trial proceedings. Despite having a tight deadline and facing over 50,000 pages of evidence, our defence solicitors stayed for hours combing through pages of text messages and cell site evidence to gather the details they needed. This meant that our client was subject to a lengthy trial because of delays by the prosecution, losing several months of his life to stress and anxiety over the case.
On the day of the trial, our assault solicitors confidently submitted all gathered evidence from the 50,000 pages the prosecution had sent over, proving without a doubt that our client was wholly innocent. Faced with the facts, the jury immediately acquitted our client, and his freedom was secured.
What started off as a false allegation snowballed into a lengthy trial, spurred on by prosecutorial delays. Even with an airtight defence, your life could be tied up for months in a criminal trial because of matters entirely out of your control. If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us now. We’re here to help defend your rights and protect your interests.
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