Justin McClintock yesterday secured not guilty verdicts for a defendant accused of attacking a jogger on a busy London street with a claw hammer.
The Crown’s case was that the defendant swung the hammer into the back of the complainant’s head, causing him to stumble into a road where he and his dog were hit by a car. Both the complainant and his dog sustained significant injuries.
Justin argued on behalf of the defendant, a man of good character, that the jogger had in fact been the victim of his own aggression. After deliberating for just over two hours, the jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts on charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.