Emma Richards, instructed by SMQ Legal Services LLP, successfully represented a defendant charged with threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a private place, at a trial in Oxford Magistrates Court this week. 

Emma’s client was charged after an incident that had taken place in his family home, where reports had been made of the defendant allegedly threatening his partner with a 5-inch kitchen knife during an argument.

During the trial, Emma successfully resisted a hearsay application from the Crown, who wished to adduce the statement of one witness unwilling to give evidence during the trial. With the other evidence against the defendant being limited and vague, Emma successfully persuaded the Lay Bench that the offence had not been made out, and a Not Guilty verdict was returned.

Emma started her Second Six practice on 3rd July and is available for instructions in all Chambers core practice areas.

View Emma’s profile here.