Tana Adkin QC leading Briony Molyneux, and instructed by Lee Barton of Paul Martin and Co Solicitors, represented Jack Taylor in his six-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court. Mr Taylor was unanimously acquitted on Wednesday of all the counts he faced – murder and three allegations of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The case arose from a confrontation in Blackshots Lane, Essex in the early hours of 1st July 2017 which lead to the death of Kevin Malthouse, a twenty-four-year-old semi-professional footballer, and three of his associates being seriously injured. A bag of weapons including a meat cleaver, machete, kitchen knives and an axe were found at the scene.
The Crown alleged that the offending was part of a joint enterprise with Mr. Taylor as the principle, and his co-defendant Mr. Samardzija as the accessory.
The question for the jury was whether Mr. Taylor had acted in self-defence. The case involved consideration of large amounts of CCTV and forensics along with phone and ANPR (automatic number-plate recognition) evidence.
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