Michael was instructed late, to a client who had no legal representation, one week prior to his trial. Michael, with assistance from his newly acting instructing solicitors, Barker Copeman & Co, reassured the client, and prepared trial documentation and agreed trial strategy. Michael in the days leading to the trial, prepared admissibly applications which limited the Crown’s case. Michael’s applications on admissibility and bad character were successful.
The case involved historic allegations, that the complainant aged 12 had been raped on two occasions by the defendant, aged 29. Michael cross-examined the complainant, and drew the inconsistencies of the prosecution’s narrative to the jury’s attention.
Following a 4-day trial before HHJ Khan KC, the jury returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty. Michael was commended for his closing arguments.