Kerim Fuad QC Defends in High Profile, Sensitive Old Bailey Murder Case, Described as “Shocking” and “Complex” 

Mr Fuad QC represented Donovan Miller, in a highly sensitive case, where it was alleged that in March 2021 he murdered his grandmother, and thereafter defiled the corpse. He faced counts of murder and offences contrary to section 70(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

In what was a highly unusual, disturbing and sensitive case which was initially set down for a murder trial, the Crown were able to agree a plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. 

Difficult legal issues arose as to the extent to which the defendant’s voluntary large consumption of cocaine led to the offences and therefore whether diminished responsibility was available at all to the defendant as a partial defence to murder. 

Mr Fuad QC relied on his considerable expertise in mental health homicide cases in liaising with the psychiatrists for over a year. There was much consideration not only to whether diminished responsibility was available but whether a standard custodial sentence or a S.45A MHA 1983 Hybrid order was a more suitable sentence, allowing for treatment and then a punitive lengthy term of custody to follow.

After a lengthy hearing with psychiatrists called to give evidence, the Recorder of London imposed a Hospital/Restriction order

Kerim Fuad QC was instructed by Ebenezer Madeinlo of Hanson Woods Solicitors.

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