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No case to answer in section 18 GBH with intent trial

15/01/2024

Zayd Ahmed was instructed to represent the defendant, arrested for attempted murder but charged with wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article. The allegation was that he had stabbed the complainant with a machete, causing a large incision to his face.

There were various strands of evidence including CCTV, several witnesses, forensics and medical records.

After challenging the main prosecution witnesses and cross-examining the OIC on the investigation, the Crown sought to adduce forensic evidence which Zayd successfully applied to exclude.

At the close of the prosecution case, Zayd made a half-time submission on the basis that the evidence, taken at its highest called for speculation and that it would be unsafe to leave the count of wounding with intent to the jury.

The judge found that Mr Ahmed’s submissions were correct in law and acceded to the submission.

The defendant was then unanimously acquitted by the jury of the second count of possessing a bladed article.

Zayd was instructed by Rajesh Bhamm – Tank Jowett Sols.

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