R v Azid Gillibrand

June 6, 2024
James Hudson

James Hudson defended Azid Gillibrand, a paranoid schizophrenic, who ‘slashed’ a police officer during a melee which caused a substantial wound.

The case dated back to 2022. The jury in a trial in 2023 had to be discharged when it was discovered that Mr Gillibrand was still unfit to stand trial.

James was only instructed in May 2024 when Mr Gillibrand’s mental state had improved considerably. The case was resolved by guilty pleas to offences including unlawful wounding contrary to s.20 Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (a lesser alternative to wounding with intent contrary to 18 of the 1861 Act which he initially stood indicted).

Psychiatric reports were obtained for the purposes of sentencing and the Defendant was sentenced to a hospital order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983 for his treatment to continue.

James was instructed by Hashmita Patel of Eden Legal Services.

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