Berlinah Wallace was jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years after being found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent in September 2015. She had been cleared of murder and manslaughter.
David Corker, Partner at Corker Binning, commented:
“The Judge was wrong to have allowed the jury to determine whether the defendant was guilty of murder notwithstanding that the victim of her appalling crime committed suicide a year later. The charge of murder in this circumstance was wrong in law and the judge should have so ruled. The proper charge was either attempted murder or GBH with intent.
“Juries should not be used by a prosecutor and judges should not permit them to be asked to consider whether the legal definition of a crime ought to be changed or extended. No matter what the circumstances or the public outrage.”
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