News

04 Oct 2018

Murder Defence Underway

The trial of Auremas Vilius and Klaudijus Klimanskis began last week. They are charged with the murder of a man called Edvardus Barsevicius. Oliver Saxby QC and John Fitzgerald, instructed by Reeves and Co, are representing the first defendant, Vilius. The Crown’s case is reliant on detailed and

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26 Mar 2018

John FitzGerald, leading Craig Evans secure acquittal in 'Panorama Case’

John FitzGerald and Craig Evans, instructed by Vymans Solicitors, represented one of 4 members of staff at Medway Secure Training Centre, a facility for child offenders, known as trainees. He was accused of misconduct in public office by assaulting trainees. The Crown’s case was largely based on

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05 Dec 2017

Richard Barraclough QC and John FitzGerald start murder trial

Richard Barraclough QC and John Fitzgerald are representing one of three men accused of beating a homeless Romanian man to death in a nature reserve on the outskirts of Maidstone in May 2016. His body was found by dog walkers the following morning but there were no witnesses as to what

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17 Mar 2017

John FitzGerald secures acquittal of 12 year old accused of raping 8 year old sister

John FitzGerald, instructed by Reeves & Co. (Ashford), defended a man, now 23, accused of raping his sister when he was 12 and she was 8.  The back drop to the case was a miserable childhood for both involving a bitter separation of their parents and ensuing custody battle.  In his interview,

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20 Feb 2017

John FitzGerald secures acquittal in gun running case

The defendant was a serving prisoner having been sentenced to an I.P.P. for attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. The defendant was a senior member of Birmingham gang, the "Johnson Crew". The defendant was accused of being the top of a conspiracy to supply a

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10 Nov 2015

John FitzGerald secures acquittal in attempted murder trial

John Fitzgerald has secured an acquittal in an attempted murder trial. The defendant, a Latvian female of good character, was alleged to have driven at speeds of up to 100mph on a narrow country lane before shouting "we're going to heaven now" and immediately driving into a tree in an attempt to

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02 Nov 2015

John FitzGerald and Richard Barraclough QC instructed in Maidstone murder mystery case

John FitzGerald and Richard Barraclough QC have been instructed by Gullands Solicitors in a murder mystery case whereby an unidentified body of a man was found decomposing at his flat in Maidstone. The Crown have narrowed the time of death to a 10 day window in late May / early June 2015 and

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31 Jul 2015

John FitzGerald represents defendant who set man on fire after building site dispute

John FitzGerald has represented a defendant who set a colleague on fire following a building site dispute. He was accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The defendant, a family man with no history of offending whatsoever, lost his temper with another building site worker over a petty

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07 Mar 2014

Gillingham Shooting Trial Gets Under Way

The trial of Adam, Steven and Melissa Green has commenced at Maidstone Crown Court. Catherine Donnolly prosecutes. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Wickens represent the lead defendant; and John Fitzgerald and Thomas Stern appear  on behalf of the second and third defendants. The Crown allege

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