Old Bailey Jury Acquits in Under an Hour on Counts of Solicitation to Murder and Threats to Kill

On 19th December 2014, a jury at the Old Bailey returned unanimous not guilty verdicts on counts of solicitation to murder and threats to kill in respect of a defendant represented by Jose Olivares-Chandler.  They did so within an hour, notwithstanding that the trial judge had allowed the jury to hear evidence of the defendant's previous convictions for possession of a handgun, a firearm and Class A drugs with intent to supply, as well as a GBH allegation involving the same complainant and letters sent to the complainant by the defendant which included threats to kill and harm her.