Michael Chambers represented a defendant who had been targeted by the vigilante group ‘Dark Justice’. The defendant – a gay man – had been drawn into conversations with members of the group on the dating app Grindr. The group engaged him in explicit conversations, posing as a 14-year-old, and arranged to meet him. The group then used threatening and intimidating language and filmed his confession. The police were called and arrested the defendant.
Following a one-week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court the Defendant, a 32-year-old man with no previous convictions, wept in the dock when he heard the unanimous ‘not guilty’ verdict.