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Sophie Evans in Supreme Court of St Helena


Sophie Evans, instructed by Phil Axon of Alison Law, appeared in the Supreme Court of St Helena to represent a male accused of historic sexual offences.

The male faced a 22 count Indictment, consisting of a range of sexual offences committed against three children during the 1990s.  

The case involved legal argument regarding severance of two defendants. It also required careful witness handling and cross-examination of the three complainants.

Due to the small population of the island, jury selection was a long process. 135 potential jurors were summonsed to attend on the first day of trial, and from those potential jurors a jury panel of 9 was selected.

St Helena is a small, remote British Overseas Territory. It is a tropical island located in the South Atlantic Ocean, famous for being the second place of exile for Napoleon following his final defeat at Waterloo in 1815.

Sophie is due to return to St Helena later this year for the trial of a second male accused of an historic sexual offence. 


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