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Defendant found not guilty of murder, manslaughter and attempted robbery at the Central Criminal Court

Tuesday 3 November 2020

James Scobie QC led Daniel Jameson, both members of the Garden Court Criminal Defence Team, and were instructed by Mohammed Zeb and Nawal Asskoumi of Stuart Miller Solicitors.

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The young defendant in this case was said to have murdered a 17-year-old boy on a London bus and attempted to rob him shortly thereafter.  The defendant (who had a previous conviction for possessing a bladed article) accepted carrying a large hunting knife at the time and on previous occasions, due to suffering from threats and a violent attack from others.  He admitted lying to the police pre-charge that the knife came from the deceased.  The matter involved a significant disclosure exercise, culminating in a successful section 8 application. The entire incident was captured on closed-circuit television and several eyewitnesses gave evidence during the trial (one, subject to an anonymity order). At the close of the defence case, the jury was directed to return a not guilty verdict to the attempted robbery count. After deliberating for 5 days, the jury returned not guilty verdicts to the murder and manslaughter counts.

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