Carol Hawley secures not guilty verdict for defendant in murder trial

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Carol Hawley of Garden Court Crime Team acted for the defendant, led by Emma Goodall KC of Doughty Street Chambers, instructed by Joseph Hill Solicitors. 

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After a four-week trial, the defendant, BE, was unanimously acquitted of counts of murder, wounding with intent and possessing a knife. He was charged and tried alone after his brother and a second defendant had been convicted in earlier proceedings in which BE became named as a perpetrator by a key witness.  The prosecution alleged that BE was instrumental in a group knife attack during which two males were stabbed, one of which fatally. 

Following extensive cross-examination and through the introduction of unused CCTV footage, a counter narrative was advanced exposing the witness to be manifestly unreliable.

The above content is reproduced from a Doughty Street press release.

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