We represented a vulnerable client of good character who had been charged with an offence of assaulting an emergency worker. Our client had been diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and autism. The Crown’s case was that a member of the public called the police to report concerns in respect of our client’s safety. It was alleged that when the police arrived, our client assaulted a police officer.
We quickly worked with our client and our client’s family to gather evidence of our client’s diagnosis. We subsequently made representations to the Crown Prosecution Service arguing that it did not serve public confidence and trust in the administration of justice to prosecute defendants in such circumstances and, as such, the case should be discontinued on public interest grounds.
After considering our representations, the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued the case against our client meaning that our client did not have to attend Court at any stage and remained a person of good character.
Our client was represented by Sabrina Neves and Greg Stewart of our East Dulwich Office.