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Defendant twice cleared of murder in ‘Chelmsford Chainsaw’ case

Monday 16 March 2020

Keir Monteith QC and Lucie Wibberley of Garden Court Chambers were instructed by Sinead Zaman of Powell Spencer Solicitors.

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Keir Monteith QC and Lucie Wibberley represented Mr Grant who was first on the indictment in a seven handed murder case. He and seven others entered a flat in Grays with Chainsaws, an angle grinder, a Samurai Sword and baseball bats. It was alleged that the violence that was subsequently inflicted upon one of the occupants caused his death.

Lucie Wibberley made a successful application to dismiss the murder allegation in July 2019. The prosecution then resurrected the murder allegation by way of Voluntary Bill. However, Keir Monteith QC and Lucie advised upon the instruction of an expert toxicologist, in addition to the instructed expert pathologist, in relation to the issue of causation (whether injuries sustained caused death). Shortly before the trial the prosecution reviewed their case and 'offered no evidence'. Mr Grant and all the other defendants were then found not guilty of murder.

For more information on the case there are two articles on the BBC website.

The first article was published on the 10th February 2020 and the second on the 6th March 2020.

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