Recently, Michal Mantaj, one of the trial advocates from our criminal defence team, successfully represented a client who was charged with 12 offences related to allegations that he sexually abused his stepdaughter and another female family member.
Our client maintained his innocence and entered pleas of not guilty to all charges, his matter ultimately proceeded to a jury trial at Gosford District Court.
On the surface, the case against our client appeared to be strong. The main difficulties we had to overcome were :
- There were two women who made allegations against our client.
- Their descriptions of the alleged offending behaviour were very similar.
- Both women had made complaints about the alleged abuse to family and friends over many years.
Despite these features of the prosecution case, Michal developed a case theory which dealt with each of these problems and ultimately the jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty on all counts.
Going to court? Contact Michal on 02 4234 5688 for a confidential discussion about your case