Fiona McAddy represented CM, a 19 year old man accused of arson with intent to endanger life. At trial CM accepted that he had sent a series of threatening text messages to his ex partner in the lead up to the alleged offence, and that in the hours before the fire began he had sent her a text threatening to burn her house down. CM further accepted that he had attended his ex partner’s property in the early hours of the morning when he knew the occupants would be asleep, equipped with a jerry can of petrol which he used to douse the front door before setting fire to the property.
As a result of a lively, incisive and persuasive closing speech, the jury unanimously acquitted CM.
Fiona McAddy was instructed by Liberty Law Solicitors, Luton.