Trial Success for Nottingham Solicitor
Nottingham Solicitor Advocate Phil Plant secured a not guilty verdict before a jury at Nottingham Crown Court for a client charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm. The allegation was that our client had launched an unprovoked attack to the alleged victim involving a head butt, repeated punching and the brandishing of a knife resulting in various injuries. The allegation was corroborated by police officers who attended the scene and found the complainant in a distressed state.
The client himself presented as vulnerable, having long term medical conditions affecting his mental health. He provided an alternative account, accepting that he was present but that the complainant had fabricated this allegation and had made false allegations in the past. He maintained that the complainant was drunk and responsible for her own injuries.
Phil drafted careful admission that went before the jury, providing them with the full circumstances that assisted the jury to decide that the evidence of the complainant could not be relied on to make them sure that the client was guilty.
The client was relieved following the not guilty verdict, and had the additional benefit of legal aid which meant that his representation by Phil and the preparation by Sarah Lees-Collier was free of charge to him.