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Merseyside Police release advice for victims of domestic abuse concerned about staying at home
The domestic violence lockdown is worrying Merseyside Police who are now encouraging everyone to become familiar with options within the 999 system. If people are not free to speak but are able to make a noise or press 55, it alerts the BT operator to the fact that you need help and they can then connect to the police. For example, if you can only make a noise such as tapping the handset, coughing, crying or even talking to the offender, then these actions will alert the attention of the BT operator. Mark Groves, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Domestic Violence, comments on the initiative: During these extremely difficult times, we need victims of domestic abuse to be aware of every initiative that is available to help them. Many victims cannot speak on the phone or even use an app for fear of reprisals from their abuser, but if they can make a covert call to alert the police they are in danger this could save lives. Katha Lunt, experienced domestic abuse lawyer from our Liverpool branch, comments: The message from Merseyside Police is clear. Protection from domestic violence remains a priority during these difficult times. Domestic Violence helplines are reporting a significant increase in telephone calls and visitors to their websites. With the country on lockdown, there is a real risk those suffering domestic violence will feel they have no access to protective measures, at a time when they are being required to spend more and more time with the perpetrator of their abuse. We must ensure the message is received by those who require protection from domestic abuse; help is still available. Since the government’s restriction on all but essential travel, steps have been taken within the Justice System to ensure people continue to have access to urgent protective orders including Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders. Here at National Legal Service Solicitors Liverpool, whilst working from home over… [...]
Our client was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, which carries a maximum sentence of 16 years imprisonment. He was sentenced to 14 years. Solicitor Joe Davis and the instructed barrister put forward an argument that the sentencing judge at the Crown Court was manifestly excessive and failed to consider our client’s personal circumstances when sentencing – specifically his mental health disorders including PTSD.
The appeal process is difficult and one which requires a great deal of legal research and hard work. In this case getting to know our client well enabled us to identify the relevant mental health issues which eventually provided us with success on appeal. At National Legal Service Solicitors we have forged essential relationships with highly experienced, approachable, and responsive barristers. We ensured that a passionate and diligent barrister who was willing to fight for the appeal until the very end was instructed in this case.
The judgement sets a precedent in terms of how culpable someone is of an offence when they have significant mental health issues. In this particular case the sentencing judge was found to be excessive and the sentence was reduced from 14 to 10 years. This is a significant win for us, as this case has already been cited in court as a precedent to ensure that mental health is considered when judging how an individual should be sentenced. The case has been reported and will be used as case law moving forward in similar cases.
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From initial stages, including representation of clients with mental health at police stations, we are able to provide expert advice on the law as well as liaise with police and other agencies to ensure our clients are not detained without a reasonable cause. If you need to speak with our specialist criminal defence solicitors, call us on 0203 601 5051 or complete our online enquiry form
National Legal Service Solicitors ensure charges are discontinued against victim of modern day slavery
Joe Davis received instructions to deal with a case involving the transportation of drugs into prison. Offences of this nature are very serious and will most frequently result in a custodial sentence if convicted of the offence.
Having pleaded guilty in Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court our client’s case was deemed too serious and was subsequently sent to Kingston Crown Court for sentencing. Experienced barristers were instructed to deal with the case and worked tirelessly alongside Joe to understand more about our client’s personal circumstances in the lead up to the alleged offence.
After lengthy criminal proceedings it became very apparent that our client was a victim of modern-day slavery. We took advantage of the new National Referral Mechanism procedure, which allows cases to be referred to the National Crime Agency and other associated public bodies where there is evidence of modern-day slavery or people trafficking. As a result of this referral a report was presented to the court and the Crown Prosecution Service to advise that our client was indeed a victim of modern-day slavery.
At this point the Crown Prosecution Service had the option to either drop the charges against our client, or continue with the prosecution. Initially the prosecution decided to continue with the case against our client, however after National Legal Service Solicitors made numerous representations to the prosecution that it was not in the interests of justice to proceed, the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued the case. Our client having had no previous convictions before this case remains of good character.
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Joe Davis and Sarah Moulange acted for a client accused of arson, following a fire at the house in which her and her daughter were sleeping. The prosecution instructed a fire expert, who concluded that only our client could have set the fire from inside the locked house, indicating that it could only have been deliberate ignition.
Our client was at risk of losing her child and serving a lengthy prison sentence if found guilty of starting the fire, which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage. The evidence against her was strong, however together with Emma Reed of 33 Bedford Row, they managed to demonstrate that there were numerous potential causes of the fire, casting a very reasonable doubt on the likelihood that our client deliberately caused the fire.
Our client was vocal about her innocence from the outset and was eventually acquitted after a five day trial in the Crown Court.
Please feel free to contact us in complete confidence should you wish to discuss any new matter or case with one of the specialist criminal defence solicitors. Our team is available 24/7 and can advice on all types of matters including; murder, extradition, drug offences, youth court & police station representation. For a free initial consultation, call us on 0742 699 9999
One of our clients was wrongly arrested in connection with a recent murder in Tooting. The client, aged 17, had been walking 50m away from his home when he and his group of friends were stopped by the Police. Our client was told that he matched the description of the main suspect and thereby arrested for murder. The murder had taken place 20 mins before our client’s arrest. Our client was sporting a distinctive ‘man-bun’ hairstyle which seemed to be the main feature identified by witnesses when describing the suspect. He had never previously been arrested before and both he and his family were understandably shocked by the gravity of the allegations against him.
Thankfully, he exercised his right to a lawyer and we were able to assist him throughout his detention at the police station, and ultimately secure his release. Even though he was released under investigation, it is highly unlikely there will be any further action against him. He and his family were relieved that the whole ordeal had come to an end (relatively speedily!) and were grateful to us for all our hard work. The police have since identified and charged the real suspects.
Head of Crime, Harun Matin comments
This case highlights the fact that good proactive legal representation at the police station can have instant results. The client clearly benefitted from the advice given to him and even though it was a stressful situation, what could have been a prolonged case was thankfully much shorter.
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