Nigel Lithman, leading joint enterprise & cut throat defence barrister
As a leading joint enterprise and cut-throat barrister, in 2014 and 2015 Nigel continued to represent those alleged to be involved in joint enterprise attacks and killing of others. At the end of a 3 month trial at The Old Bailey his client Wail Alawi was acquitted by the jury after being in a car at the scene of a murder. The same result was achieved upon submission to the Judge in Chelmsford in R v Tahmid Alam
In the last five years, Nigel has frequently appeared for those not actually wielding a murder weapon but alleged to be otherwise somehow involved. In 2014/ 2015 this speciality area within the umbrella of “murder/manslaughter”, saw Nigel involved in four separate joint enterprise/cut throat murder trials, three at the Old Bailey and one at Snaresbrook Crown Court. In each of these trials, the defendant was alleged to have participated in murders or armed robberies and denied the charges on the basis that he was present without knowing a crime was to be committed.
Another feature of these cases is where another Defendant has sought to escape justice by blaming Nigel’s client for committing an offence. Known as a fearless advocate, Nigel does not flinch where necessary to point the finger back at that person in order to establish the true position of his client’s innocence.
By way of example:
R v Lawrence Bennett: Juvenile alleged to be the stabber in multi handed knife crime at the Old Bailey - acquitted.
R v Beavis – Not Guilty verdicts (murder and manslaughter) secured for a well known welterweight boxer whilst on trial with others.
R v Parrott - acquitted of murder in a cut throat multi handed murder trial.
R v Terry Benstead - Cut throat multi handed trial at Chelmsford – acquitted.
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