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Alphege Bell wins application to dismiss the entire case of a prosecution brought for perverting the course of public justice.


This was a difficult and sensitive case involving a foreign national who was charged with perverting the course of justice. The defendant had been accused of destroying important forensic evidence and bio materials in respect of a very serious offence that was being investigated by the police. Additionally, he was also accused of making a statement to police to provide a false alibi for another person accused of committing a very serious offence. The defence team conducted their own independent and forensic scrutiny of the CCTV evidence and a detailed analysis of the social app chat history on the phones. The hearing was fully contested by the Crown and a specialist investigative unit. However, the defence application for dismissal was upheld and the entire case dismissed against the defendant. Unusually, the case was dismissed on the basis that once the defence submissions had been considered, the Crown’s case was not credible.

Alphege was instructed by Joan Mitchell of Clifton Solicitors and Hind Ibrahim of IM Solicitors.


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