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Fiona Clegg secures acquittal in ‘covid coughing’ trial

15/06/2021

Fiona’s client was charged with assaulting an emergency worker (police officer) at the beginning of the national lockdown. Her client was alleged to have failed to comply with social distancing directions, before intentionally coughing directly into the face of the police officer.

The trial included a successful application to exclude comments made at the scene. The trial also involved an intermediary, ground rules hearing and bad character applications.

Fiona’s client was charged with assaulting an emergency worker (police officer) at the beginning of the national lockdown. Her client was alleged to have failed to comply with social distancing directions, before intentionally coughing directly into the face of the police officer.

The trial included a successful application to exclude comments made at the scene. The trial also involved an intermediary, ground rules hearing and bad character applications.

Following the four day trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Fiona’s client was found not guilty by the jury.  Fiona was instructed by Stefan Sutherland at Carson Kaye Solicitors.

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