Sally-Ann Hales QC successful in Court of Appeal case

April 6, 2017

Earlier this year Darren Turk was indicted with historic sexual offences against pupils at Frewen College in Northiam, East Sussex between 1996 and 2002. 

Whilst the jury were in retirement Mr Turk took his life.   Despite the death of Mr Turk, the jury returned with a guilty verdict. 

The appeal was brought by his mother, Jasmine Botting.  Sally-Ann Hales QC, on behalf of the Appellant successfully argued that criminal proceedings should abate upon the death of an accused and that it was unlawful for the Court to take the verdicts.

Darren Turk’s convictions were therefore quashed following the Court of Appeal ruling that criminal proceedings should conclude on death of the accused.

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