Gurdeep Garcha successfully defended a man charged with 16 counts of rape of a family member. The allegations spanned the period between 1966 and 1969.
The trial involved extensive legal argument about the fairness of a trial on allegations that were very nearly half-a-century old. All school and medical records had been destroyed, as had the defendant’s employment records. It was argued that the absence of such material put the defendant at a huge disadvantage in answering the allegations.
Although the court declined to stay the proceedings as an abuse of process, the jury acquitted Mr Garcha’s client in just under an hour.