Stella Harris secures acquittal for murder

Friday 3 March 2023

Stella Harris of the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team successfully represented the defendant.

Stella was instructed by Sonia Weaver at Shaw Graham Kersh, and led by Chris Henley KC of Mountford Chambers.

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The (then) 18-year-old defendant was acquitted of murder following a 6-week multi-handed trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

The case involved a legal argument about the admissibility of drill lyrics, and a careful examination of the pathological evidence to reframe the time period when the significant injuries contributing to death occurred.

The Judge excluded the drill lyrics and YouTube video which the prosecution had argued amounted to a confession.

Shaw Graham Kersh Solicitors commended Stella for her outstanding representation of the defendant.

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