Cathy Ryan

year of call :

1997

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General Crime

R v SB; Wood Green CC (2012): Defendant charged with arson with intent to endanger life.  Her niece alleged that she set fire to a curtain which she pushed back through the letter box.  Owing to a schizoaffective disorder, the defendant was found to be unfit to stand trial.  The case proceeded as a “trial of the facts”.  The jury found that the defendant had not done the act.

R v YD; Blackfriars CC (2012): Defendant charged with joint enterprise stabbing.  Defendant found unfit to stand trial owing to severe autism.  His “trial of facts” took place at same time as his co-defendant’s trial.  The case against the defendant was dismissed at half time following submissions that his condition prevented him from having foresight of the co-defendant’s actions vis a vis the knife.