Jonathan Underhill secures acquittal in rape case

12th June 2023

Jonathan Underhill

3PB's specialist criminal and regulatory barrister Jonathan Underhill’s 28 year-old client was acquitted of charges of rape and intentional strangulation less than a week before trial.

Despite prolonged and protracted attempts to gain access to his client’s phone, which had been retained by police investigators; a comprehensive review of that telephone material was undertaken by his defence team following its provision being directed by the Court.

Jonathan uncovered vital exculpatory evidence which fundamentally undermined the prosecution case. It was immediately obvious that such material had not be brought to the attention of the Crown Prosecution Service as part of the investigative process despite the handset being with the police for a number of months following arrest and interview.

As a result of an urgent evidential review instigated at Jonathan’s request; the prosecution concluded that there was no longer a reasonable prospect of conviction in the case four working days before trial and offered no evidence.

Jonathan was instructed and assisted by Rachel Wrigley, part of the dedicated, specialist team of criminal lawyers at Churchers Solicitors.

Jonathan UnderhillJonathan UnderhillCall: 2008, pictured here, is noted for his excellent approach to client care, thorough preparation and first-class advocacy and representation at all levels from the lay bench to the High Court and Court of Appeal. Jonathan has been described has having an excellent rapport with both professional and lay clients, focusing on the development of understanding and trust paired with impartial and comprehensive advice and representation.

To instruct Jonathan, please email his clerk, Practice Director Stuart Pringle on [email protected] or call him on 01962 868884.