R v Lethbridge and Rider

June 6, 2024

Andrew O’Byrne KC and Ian Goldsack were instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service in a case of Murder and Robbery against two women, Nicola Lethbridge and Zoe Rider. The trial lasted almost three weeks in May at Sheffield Crown Court and resulted in both defendants being convicted.

The case involved the death of a 60-year-old neighbour with significant health issues who lived in the block of flats in which both women also lived. In August last year they went to his flat and carried out an attack upon him which they filmed on a mobile phone. They also struck him about the head causing brain damage. He died in hospital two days later.

Both defendants were sentenced to Life Imprisonment with a minimum term of 26 years to serve before they can be considered for release.

The case received widespread media coverage on the BBC, Sky News, the Independent, the Mirror, the Guardian, Manchester Evening News and the Sheffield Star.