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Defendant found not guilty of murder at Wood Green Crown Court

Monday 20 December 2021

Sam Robinson QC, of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team, led Jodie Hitchcock from 3 Temple Gardens. They were instructed by Helen Da Silva of Da Silva Solicitors.

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The defendant was accused of murdering her partner during a heated domestic argument.

The Crown built their case upon a number of witnesses to the relationship, damaging text messages between the parties, as well as the absence of a second knife, which the defendant claimed the victim had in his possession.

Sam was able to cast considerable doubt on the veracity of numerous prosecution witnesses whilst laying the groundwork for the defence case. Such was his success that he relied on much of that evidence during the course of his closing speech.

Further, the defence was able to establish that the defendant had been subject to months of domestic abuse and was in fear of her life when she struck the fatal blow.

The jury was persuaded that the defendant had acted in lawful self-defence and acquitted her of both murder and manslaughter.

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