Not guilty following historic allegation of rape and sexual assault

13th July 2020 | Lawtons News|
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Stephen Halloran

Director & Solicitor-Advocate

Stephen Halloran, a Director at Lawtons, was instructed on a privately paying basis by our client, who was aged 83 when charged in connection with offences involving a family member that dated back to the 1970s. After a careful review of the available evidence, Stephen secured further disclosure from the police. A detailed review of historic medical records resulted in new evidence being found which had not previously been considered, and this was instrumental in the jury returning a unanimous not guilty verdict.

Working alongside one of the best regarded specialist sexual offence criminal QCs in the country, Stephen’s undoubted commitment ensured that a potential miscarriage of justice was avoided.

The family commented after the successful conclusion as follows “we really cannot thank you enough, for first of all believing in us, and then being so engaged in the case with us.”

Stephen was able to dedicate the time to the successful preparation of this case and was available at every stage to resolve all issues. Serious historic sexual offences require an understanding of the unique rules of evidence that exist and the older statutes that these charges are brought under.

Stephen and the private client team at Lawtons are able to provide the support and understanding needed for offences of this nature. They are available to deal with clients on a nationwide basis.

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