James Scobie QC and David Emanuel secure acquittal in domestic violence murder case

Friday 28 April 2017

After an eight-week trial at the Old Bailey, on 27 April 2017 the jury returned not guilty verdicts in the case of a 27-year-old woman charged with the murder of her violent partner.

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The defendant, a mother of two who had been the victim of a long-term abusive relationship, stabbed her partner to death after he attacked her in their front room. The defendant stated that she picked up the knife in self-defence and stabbed him accidentally in the course of a struggle.

The jury acquitted the defendant after 15 hours of deliberation.

The case involved numerous complex legal arguments and has received national media coverage, including in the BBC, the Guardian and The Telegraph.

James Scobie QC and David Emanuel are members of Garden Court’s crime and criminal appeals teams. They were instructed by Stephensons Solicitors LLP.

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