In a case concerning historic sex abuse, Stephen Lickrish & Associates led our client ‘AP’ to be cleared of seven charges of indecent assault.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) accusations can present a variety of legal challenges and can have devastating consequences for innocent parties. However, with proper legal advice and support, we assisted our client to success through this challenging time.
Our client was accused by another woman of being a paedophile, with the accuser alleging that our client had repeatedly abused her more than 15 years ago. Our client was suspended from her job at Manchester City Council and has suffered an 18-month long court ordeal. However, our expertise in this area of law secured a not guilty result.
In CSE cases, particularly historic sexual abuse cases it is essential that lawyers explore potential evidence rigorously. Because physical evidence may be long gone, obtaining character references, obtaining third party material and even analysing social media for evidence can be crucial in securing a not guilty judgment.
Our client maintained her innocence throughout the ordeal and felt that her accuser was resentful of her position in life. Our client had completed both a degree and Masters before securing her job with the council. During evidence our client continued to maintain her innocence and vehemently denied the allegations against her saying,
‘It’s really difficult to put it into words when you have worked hard for that amount of years and had a goal and reached it, and you have done everything then something like this can happen and take it away, it’s so hard to accept and really upsetting. It kind of knocks you back.’
During the case, it emerged that our client’s accuser had a history of depression and suffered from anger issues and self-harm.
After a three-day trial, our client was unanimously cleared of seven charges of indecent assault. The jury took only 50 minutes to reach their not guilty verdict. This is as a direct result of our specialist defence preparation and continued support of our client.
The client was represented by our Nasir Hafezi, Solicitor at Stephen Lickrish and Associates.
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The Solicitors at Stephen Lickrish & Associates have dealt with clients who are accused of the full range of sexual offences. We act in a professional, discreet and diligent way, and do everything in our professional ability to secure the best outcome in each and every case. If you or someone you know is accused of a sexual offence, contact us to see how we can help you.