Sam Robinson KC secures acquittal of murder and manslaughter at Croydon Court

Friday 3 November 2023

Sam Robinson KC of the Garden Court Crime Team acted for the defendant, leading Tom Mayall of GT Stewart, instructed by Clare Dissington of GT Stewart.

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The Croydon Crown Court trial arose from an argument between two chefs in a busy Central London Restaurant.

The defendant accepted having stabbed the deceased four times in the back and causing a large slash injury to his face. The incident played out in front of three eyewitnesses who gave evidence in the trial.

His defence at trial was one of lawful self-defence.

A defendant gave no account in interview and the defence team did not call him to give evidence.

The defence was advanced through careful cross-examination of the civilian witnesses and the scientific evidence.

The jury unanimously acquitted him of both murder and the alternative of manslaughter.

See BBC News coverage here.

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