R v LC – City of London Magistrates Court


Hannah represented an Extinction Rebellion protestor for trial who was charged with failing to comply with a condition imposed by a senior police officer under s.14 of the Public Order Act 1986.

Hannah cross examined the arresting officer on contamination of her evidence. The officer accepted that she had read another officer’s statement, who was also a witness in the case.

Hannah applied to exclude the evidence of the arresting officer, and the bench agreed to exclude her evidence finding it to be “a significant and substantial breach” and found that the “substantial breach would affect the fairness of this trial”.

The Crown then offered no evidence against the client, and as such she was found not guilty, and also awarded her significant travel costs for each attendance at court.

Hannah was instructed by Jane Cleasby of Kellys Solicitors.

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