Ms. A struggled with a multitude of illnesses, both mental and physical, growing up, and was hospitalised for health issues including depression and auditory hallucinations. Coupled with the fact that she had left a failing marriage, her mental health was tenuous, and she often struggled with hearing voices.
One fateful night, the victim, Ms. R was stabbed after a woman approached her on the street and asked for cigarettes. The next day, Ms. A called the police and confessed to the murder, and was subsequently arrested. However, it isn’t nearly that simple.
Her partner, Ms. D, contacted us to help. Our murder lawyers were determined to uncover the truth of the matter, and threw themselves into their work. Our murder lawyers immediately obtained all evidence gathered by the prosecution, and meticulously analysed the evidence for any biases or inconsistencies against our client. Furthermore, our criminal solicitors conducted a thorough review into our client’s life, including interviewing friends, family members, and her doctors. Furthermore, they obtained separate forensic reports from medical experts, to provide an unbiased medical report for the judge.
Their thorough legal investigation revealed that our client was suffering from hallucinations and from paranoia at the time, and had made the false confession after having a dream about the attack that night. However, her partner revealed that she was at home at the time of the attack, and was not a violent person by nature. Furthermore, reviewing CCTV footage showed that our client did not own any clothing that the offender wore. CCTV footage, and victim statements, showed that the offender was not wearing glasses – but our client needed glasses to see, and always wore glasses in and out of the house.
Armed with the evidence, our murder lawyers submitted a lengthy, determined, empathetic defence that showed that the police and the prosecution did not do their due diligence, and instead went ahead with the false confession despite our client’s severe mental health issues and history of hallucinations and paranoia. Faced with the facts, the jury immediately voted to acquit our client, granting her the freedom to return to her partner and children, and continue with her treatment.
Suffering from an illness that impairs your perception of reality can be extremely difficult to live with, especially when criminal matters are involved. 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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