Berenice Mulvanny successfully defends accused with significant mental health issues

22nd November 2021

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3PB criminal barrister Berenice MulvannBerenice MulvannyCall: 2009y (pictured here) successfully defended a client of good character with significant mental health vulnerabilities charged with historic rape and sexual assault of a 4-year-old.

The jury at Southampton Crown Court took less than 45 minutes to return unanimous not guilty verdicts after hearing the evidence and closing submissions from Miss Mulvanny.

The trial involved sensitive cross-examination of the complainant, complaint evidence and issues of character. The client had longstanding and extensive mental health difficulties and required considerate care throughout the process.

Berenice is a specialist criminal barrister instructed on the most serious offences in and around the Western Circuit. She specialises in murder, rape and other serious sexual offences, fraud and dishonesty offences, firearms and explosives, drugs conspiracies, arson, and serious violence. She both prosecutes and defends and is a highly sought-after junior, having been led on a number of serious cases including high profile allegations of sexual offending and multi-handed murder.

Berenice is renowned for her ability to deal with sensitive and difficult allegations with tact and confidence, especially with cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses. This has resulted in her being instructed in many sexual offence cases, including being instructed on one of the UK's largest historical sexual abuse cases.

To find out more about Berenice Mulvanny’s experience in criminal law, or to instruct her on a matter relating to this, please contact her clerk Stuart Pringle on stuart.pringle@3pb.co.uk or call him on 01962 868 884.