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Joanna Hardy concludes section 18 grievous bodily harm trial following submission of no case to answer

January 13, 2015

Joanna Hardy has secured the acquittal of a young man accused of section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent following a successful half time submission. 

The crown's case was that the complainant and defendant were known to one another and that there was a history of cross-allegations of violent conduct. The crown alleged that the defendant embarked on a sustained assault of the complainant in an alleyway. The complainant sustained a fractured eye socket which required surgical intervention. The defendant raised self defence in his police interview.

Following submissions and legal argument relating to deficiencies in the evidence and the unusual context of the case it was held that there was no case to answer in relation to the section 18 matter and also lesser alternative counts. Not Guilty verdicts were therefore formally returned. 

Joanna was instructed by Jung and Co Solicitors, Southall.