Obtaining a conviction for assault without the victim’s co-operation

In this case, Rachel’s knowledge of the law and persuasive advocacy skills were invaluable in obtaining a conviction despite a lack of co-operation from the victim.

The Defendant faced multiple charges for serious assaults on the same victim, and previous prosecutions had always failed due to the victim’s refusal to give evidence at trial. On this occasion the victim once again refused to give evidence but Rachel’s knowledge of criminal law and procedure enabled her to obtain the court’s permission to introduce the victim’s statement as ‘hearsay’ evidence. She also sought, and gained, the permission of the court to play the 999 call made by the victim.

The Defendant was convicted and given a custodial sentence.