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Tom Edwards Secures Acquittal in Thamesmead Attempted Murder

11/08/2021

The case involved the shooting of a local drug-dealer in Thamesmead Southeast London. The complainant was shot point blank in the stomach having been attacked by six men after a meeting about the sale of drugs. Tom’s client accepted presence but, over the course of a day’s evidence denied knowledge of the shotgun’s use or a plan to kill.

The case involved consideration of gang related bad character, cell site analysis and was tried on the basis of a common purpose or joint-enterprise. Detailed analysis revealed that, contrary to the Crown’s case, the defendant had spent a large part of the day separate from his co-accused. A cut-throat also emerged between two of the four defendants who gave evidence. The threat to use a co-accused’s bad character shielding Tom’s client from hostile cross-examination.

The case involved the shooting of a local drug-dealer in Thamesmead Southeast London. The complainant was shot point blank in the stomach having been attacked by six men after a meeting about the sale of drugs. Tom’s client accepted presence but, over the course of a day’s evidence denied knowledge of the shotgun’s use or a plan to kill.

The case involved consideration of gang related bad character, cell site analysis and was tried on the basis of a common purpose or joint-enterprise. Detailed analysis revealed that, contrary to the Crown’s case, the defendant had spent a large part of the day separate from his co-accused. A cut-throat also emerged between two of the four defendants who gave evidence. The threat to use a co-accused’s bad character shielding Tom’s client from hostile cross-examination.

After two days’ deliberation the jury returned unanimous verdicts on all counts.  Tom was instructed by Miriam Altaf from Carson Kaye Solicitors.   

11/08/2021

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