Maria Karaiskos KC secures not guilty verdicts to murder, attempted murder and causing GBH with intent for her young client following an 8-week trial

Maria Karaiskos KC
By: Maria Karaiskos KC May 14, 2024

Maria Karaiskos KC, leading Tomas McGarvey of 2 Bedford Row, successfully represented one of 7 teenagers accused of murder, attempted murder and causing GBH with intent following a large-scale stabbing on other teenagers in Bedfordshire. The jury opted for the lesser charge of manslaughter as an alternative to murder.

The prosecution relied on extensive CCTV footage, social media evidence and lengthy phone downloads as well as the legal principles of ‘joint enterprise’ and ‘transferred malice’ from the Supreme Court in Jogee [2016] UKSC 8 and Gnango [2011] UKSC 59. The trial was split into two due to its size.

Due to Maria’s client’s age, reporting restrictions under section 45 of the Youth, Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 apply in this case. Sentence has been adjourned to the autumn for the preparation of reports.

Maria was instructed by Gias Uddin at Woolfe and Co.

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