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Nicholas de la Poer KC and Matthew Donkin in successful “ISIS style” murder defence

26/01/2023

Nicholas de la Poer KC and Matthew Donkin have successfully defended PM who was accused, together with another man, of the murder of Bradley Wall in Leeds during the summer of 2022.

The prosecution case was that the two defendants had attempted to rob Mr Wall causing him to fall from the first-floor window of a flat in the Beeston area.  Once in a basement area Mr Wall was subjected to an extremely violent assault.  He suffered over 130 separate injuries including fractures to the skull, the larynx and multiple lacerations.  An attempt was made to burn his     body and heavy paving slabs had been thrown onto him.  The co-accused was heard to have boasted about the killing and referred to it as “ISIS style”.

The trial lasted six weeks at Leeds Crown Court and involved complex issues of joint enterprise, analysis of the pathological evidence and cause of death and a ‘cut-throat’ defence.  PM was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter.  Nicholas and Matthew were instructed by Abbi Whelan of Graham Stowe Bateson solicitors.  

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Nicholas de la Poer KC

Call 2003 | Silk 2020

Matthew Donkin

Call 2004

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