Crown offer no evidence after evidence of intoxicated witness is excluded

In a domestic related incident, a young female was accused of causing a significant injury to her partner during an argument at their home address. The Crown applied to admit the sole evidence in the case under the res gestae provisions after the complainant refused to attend. However, Stacey-lee Holland, instructed by Bassets Solicitors, successfully argued for the exclusion of the evidence on the basis that it had been obtained from the complainant whilst he was significantly under the influence of alcohol. The prosecution were forced to offer no evidence against the defendant.

Stacey-lee Holland is a barrister in chambers, specialising in criminal law. To instruct Stacey-lee, contact our clerks at clerks@2drj.com or on 020 7936 2613.