R v M Reading Magistrates Court
The defendant charged with sexual assault. Acquitted following a successful submission of no case to answer.
The defendant, a youth was charged s.18 GBH and possession of a bladed article. The Crown Prosecution Service’s case was that the defendant attacked the complainant in an unprovoked attack. The jury accepted the defence case that the defendant was acting in self defence and acquitted him of all charges.
The defendant had been subject to a private prosecution from a neighbour seeking to prosecute her for cruelty to animals, namely a pet parrot ‘Twinkle’. Hennessy & Hammudi Solicitors were able to persuade the Crown Prosecution Service to take over the proceedings with a view to discontinuing. Once the Crown had made the decision to take over the case and discontinue, Hennessy & Hammudi made an application to re-open the proceedings for the Crown to offer no evidence. The effect of this is that it would prevent the private prosecutor from re-instituting proceedings. The application was granted and the matter was subsequently dismissed.