DNA Evidence Crucial in Needham Acquittal

In News by Angela Shaw

David Hislop QC and Jeannie Mackie acted for Jason Needham who was unanimously acquitted of murder by the jury at Oxford Crown Court on 20th November after a three week trial. The allegation was that he had been part of a group which had chased and beaten the victim in June 2017: 4 members of that group were previously convicted of murder in September 2018.  DNA analysis and transfer were crucial issues in the trial: the defence expert instructed was Jonathan Whitaker of Principal Forensic Services.