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.
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.