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Simon Blakebrough Secures Acquittal for Absent Defendant in Serious Sexual Assault Trial at Manchester Crown Square

by Kenworthy's Chambers 14/06/2018

Simon Blakebrough, instructed by Olliers Solicitors, secured an acquittal for their client on trial for serious sexual offences against two complainants. The client appeared and plead not guilty to the offences at the Magistrates Court and pre-trial preparation hearing - stating the complainants had fabricated the incidents, however, an arrest warrant for the client was issued in December 2017; after he breached a bail condition and the client, still at large, was absent from the 5-day trial at Manchester Crown Square.

After hearing evidence, the jury found the client not guilty of all charges including two counts of indecent assault on a male person contrary to section 15(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and one count of attempted rape contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981.