Legal Argument Success for Lesley Manley
At the Inner London Crown Court following the early engagement regime the Crown Prosecution Service had communicated by telephone and email an offer to accept pleas of guilty to charges of aggravated vehicle taking and taking without the owners consent from defendant X and offer no evidence in respect of a more serious charge of robbery.
This offer was withdrawn when a further statement was submitted by the police.
Miss Manley’s submitted that it would be unfair to try the defendant and that it was a point of constitutional importance that government departments should not be permitted to renege on their promises.
The Judge found that there had been prejudice caused to the defendant and stayed the robbery proceedings as an abuse of process.
Instructing solicitor was Steve Nelson
Nelson Guest and Partners