Michael Green successfully defended a client charged with rape at Plymouth Crown Court this month. The jury returned a unanimous verdict of ‘not guilty’ after a four day trial.
This case is an illustration of how counsel and instructing solicitors can work together to prepare a defence fully. The defence team arranged for forensic analysis of a vehicle to challenge the prosecution version of events; they obtained transcripts of interviews to check the accuracy of the defendant’s account; and unedited CCTV footage was obtained to challenge the prosecution allegation, and support the defence account.
The defence team and the client met several times in preparation for the trial. Character references and witness statements were obtained. The client’s family and friends were kept informed as the case progressed. In short, every effort was made to ensure that every possible angle was considered before, and during the trial.