Tana Adkin QC and Briony Molyneux secure acquittal in murder trial at Chelmsford Crown Court

Tana Adkin QC and Briony Molyneux secure acquittal in murder trial at Chelmsford Crown Court

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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