As the sun set on the idyllic countryside, Mr. P and his wife found themselves stranded without any means to pay for their return journey. Desperate for help, they approached the ticket office to try and find a way to get home, only to be met with a cold refusal by the woman behind the counter. A heated argument ensued, and before they knew it, Mr. P was arrested and charged with racially aggravated assault and section 4 – a public offence.
But justice was not going to be denied. Our fierce legal team immediately sprang into action, determined to uncover the truth of this injustice. With laser-like focus, we scoured every inch of evidence, and finally, our investigation uncovered the shocking truth. The CCTV footage revealed that the altercation was misunderstood, and the racially aggravated assault was a mere misunderstanding. Even more astounding, the police interview confirmed that the couple had no intention of racially abusing or assaulting the ticket officer. With this new information, we were ready to fight for our client’s freedom and vindication.
During the trial, the complainant exaggerated the argument – as the CCTV recording did not capture audio, the key evidence came from the complainant about an event that happened months ago. The judge found our client guilty, and sentenced him to a 24-week custodial sentence. Immediately recognising the injustice of such a punishment, our defence lawyers launched an appeal.
During the appeal hearing, our criminal defence lawyers fiercely argued against the sentencing, pointing out that such a sentence was unduly harsh, and that our client had every intention of paying the fare, but was unable to do so at that moment. He voluntarily asked for a fine, instead of simply pushing his way through the ticket barrier. Furthermore, the complainant could not have remembered the events clearly, as it happened months ago. It was unfair to place factual value on her evidence, as she might be misremembering the conversation.
Understanding his error, the judge allowed the appeal, and changed the sentence from 24 weeks to 56 days, greatly reducing the time our client has to spend in custody.
Being falsely accused of harassment or racially aggravated assault can have devastating consequences, especially when the evidence boils down to one person’s testimony for an event that happened months ago. If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us now. We’re here to defend your rights, protect your interests, and guarantee a fair trial. Call us today for a free no-obligation consultation, we’re available 24/7.