Louise McCullough, instructed by Claire Kelly of Oracle Solicitors, secured a unanimous acquittal for her client with the jury at Inner London Crown Court taking less than 40 minutes to reach its verdict at the end of the 4 day trial.
The client faced an indictment alleging various sexual offences including attempted rape and grooming of a child under the age of 16. The central and fiercely contested issue in the case was the defendant’s supposed knowledge of the complainant’s actual age. The complainant was five days short of his 16th birthday at the time of the allegations and accepted in cross-examination that he had lied to others about his age.
The verdict demonstrated that the jury preferred the defendant’s version of events.