Kingston street brawl acquittal

Three local businessmen were charged with causing ABH to the complainant, an unknown male with a dog, who suffered wounds to his face and ear requiring stitches. The Crown's case argued the complainant suffered injuries following an unprovoked mob attack by all three men.

The three men argued they had acted in self-defence. A verbal disagreement between the first defendant and complainant escalated into physical violence which was witnessed by the second and third defendant respectively, who came to the aid of the first defendant. Believing the first defendant to be under attack, from the complainant and his dog, the second and third defendant acted in self-defence of another.

The trial centred primarily around the interpretation of CCTV covering the incident as well as mobile phone footage and body worn camera footage showing the aftermath. The jury also heard from the complainant, an independent witness and the accused.

All three men were acquitted of ABH by the Jury after a 5-day trial.

Charles Hannaford, instructed by Keith Myers of Harrington Myers Solicitors represented the Second defendant. Co-defending alongside Stephanie Hayward and Thom Dyke of 9 Gough Chambers.

Charles Hannaford is a barrister in chambers, specialising in criminal law. To instruct Charles, contact our clerks at or on 020 7936 2613