Acquitted of murder
Our client was accused of assaulting and running over the deceased, who was having an affair with his wife.
It was alleged that our client (A) and his nephew had been waiting in a car outside the house of A’s wife. It was said by the prosecution that the two assaulted the victim before they deliberately ran him over. He died of his injuries.
Our client’s case was that the victim was having an affair with our client’s wife. Our client confronted the victim and the pair ended up in a car being driven by our client’s nephew. During this car journey a fight took place. The victim was subsequently ejected from the car with non-fatal injuries. The only conclusion was that the victim must have been run over at some point after our client left him.
We instructed a pathologist who confirmed that the cause of death was the injuries that resulted from the car and not those inflicted in the course of the assault in the car. We also instructed a vehicle recognition expert to challenge the prosecution evidence of the movement of the Defendant’s and nephew’s vehicles before and after the incident. As a result the prosecution had to concede that they had made a number of mistakes in the identification of the vehicles in question.
Lorena Lowen was the solicitor with conduct of the case. Bernard Richmond QC led Sarrah Kerslake at trial.