Specialists in Serious Fraud and Complex Criminal Defence
Client found Not Guilty of Murder at Old Bailey trial
Our client was unanimously acquitted of a Murder charge by a jury at the Old Bailey. He had been charged with a number of others on the basis of joint enterprise.
What is Joint Enterprise?
In the UK the criminal law generally only holds offenders liable for their own actions but under the doctrine of joint enterprise a person may in some circumstances be found guilty for another person’s actions and criminal act.
Mere association or accidental presence during a crime is insufficient for a charge under joint enterprise. A suspect must knowingly assist or encourage the crime and agree to act together with the primary offender for a common purpose. For example, the driver of a getaway vehicle can be charged with robbery under joint enterprise even if an accomplice actually perpetrated the crime.
If one group member is not party to the plan, not in agreement with it or withdraws from a plan then joint enterprise doctrine may not be apply. For example if a group agrees to damage property but one group member assaults and batters a passer-by without knowledge or assent of other members then doctrine of joint enterprise is unlikely to be applicable.
Defending Charges of Joint Enterprise
When defending a charge of joint enterprise, it is best to appoint expert criminal defence solicitors with specialist experience defending against a change based on joint enterprise due to the complexities of the issues that can be involved.