Abbas Lakha QC and Aneurin Brewer successfully resist a Prosecution application to extend Custody Time Limits in a case involving allegations of rape and perverting the course of Justice

13 May 2020

In an important first instance decision His Honour Judge Gibson refused a prosecution application today to
extend the Custody Time Limits (“CTLs”) of a defendant facing charges of rape and perverting the course of
justice where his trial could not proceed due to the epidemic. Abbas Lakha Q.C. and Aneurin Brewer instructed
by Altaf Solicitors successfully argued on behalf of the defendant that while the current crisis did amount to a
good and sufficient cause to extended the CTLs that nevertheless did not excuse the prosecution’s failures to act
with all due diligence and expedition to be trial ready by the due date. The learned judge consequently allowed
for the defendant’s release while awaiting his delayed trial date.

Please see here for a note of the learned Judge’s ruling.