Acquittal on two counts of causing GBH with intent
Our client was accused of two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He was said to have approached the complainants, a father and teenage son, and stabbed them both with a knife he brought to the scene, causing injuries that required hospital treatment.
Our client raised self-defence, stating that in fact the complainants had the knife and he had managed to take it from them. CCTV footage was obtained showing one the complainants moving towards the defendant with a long pole. The defendant also suffered injuries consistent with a knife injury to the hand.
A witness confirmed that she saw the defendant being surrounded by others and having to defend himself. We were able to arrange for this witness to give evidence from her home via a virtual link as she was shielding due to Covid-19.
Despite our client’s previous conviction for being in possession of a knife being put before the jury, our client was acquitted of both offences and is extremely pleased with the result.