Jessica Clarke secures acquittal of an ‘unfit’ defendant in an attempted rape

20 August 2021

The defendant was alleged to have attempted to rape one neighbour and sexually assault another in a violent attack which came to an end when one complainant was thrown down a flight of stone stairs.

Once the defendant had been found unfit to plead, Jessica successfully argued that the appropriate actus reus was sexual assault rather than attempted rape.

Following a two day trial at Inner London Crown Court the defendant was acquitted of all sexual offences.