John Benson QC Secures Acquittal for Firefighter Charged with False Imprisonment and Indecent Assault

John Benson QC, instructed by Hill Dickinson, successfully defended one of two former senior firefighters on charges of false imprisonment and indecent assault.  This was an unusual and challenging case requiring a familiarity with the organisation and culture of the Fire Service in the late 80s and early 90s.  Trials involving charges of false imprisonment are rarely before the Crown Court and the issues of consent and indecency in what was alleged to have gone further than rough and undisciplined horseplay made for an interesting legal and factual case.

The trial was widely reported by the media, including the BBC, The Telegraph and The Mirror.