The defendant SM, represented by Michael Wolkind QC, instructed by James Saunders, was accused of cruelty offences, sexual misconduct and bullying against his stepson, aged 10, his daughter aged 5 and his son aged 2. The wide-ranging allegations included a campaign against his stepson which lasted many years. The defence presented was that SM’s wife, along with her parents and other relatives, fabricated all the accusations as revenge for an affair SM had conducted. The jury speedily acquitted on all matters and the Judge made a defence costs order.
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