James Scobie QC and Julia Krish represent teenage murder defendant

Monday 30 July 2012

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James Scobie QC and Julia Krish recently represented the defendant in the murder trial R v Reece Ludlow. After pleading guilty at Woolwich Crown Court, the defendant was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison.

The defendant, aged 18, had picked up an older woman at a public house and took her home for sex. There she was stabbed 20 times with two knives. During the incident the defendant spoke to his estranged girlfriend while the victim was dying over a period of hours. The girlfriend was aware of the victim's plight as she could hear her screams for help.

The defendant's diminished responsibility defence centred on two experts. Midway through the trial they changed their opinion and withdrew his defence. The defendant then pleaded guilty. In view of his personal shortcomings and traits of personality disorder revealed in the trial, as well as his guilty plea, he received a life sentence with a minimum of 17 years.

The case has received wide-spread media coverage, including by BBC News and in the Sutton Guardian.

James Scobie QC and Julia Krish are both senior members of the Garden Court Crime Team.

James Scobie QC

Julia Krish
James Scobie QC (top) and Julia Krish (above)


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