Jonathan Sandiford QC secures a manslaughter plea from the defendant for the Rachel Wilson murder

Three months before trial, Jonathan Sandiford QC took over the prosecution of H for living on the earnings of prostitution; murder and perverting the course of justice.

In 2001-2002 the then 40 year old defendant physically abused and exploited his 17-19 year old girlfriend, R to satisfy his own drug misuse.

In 2002 H killed R in 2002 and disposed of her body on farmland. R’s was not discovered for 10 years by which time there were only skeletal remains.

The trial was listed for 3 months due to complexities arising from the inability to scientifically ascertain the cause of death; the need to call a large number of witnesses and because there was a deep pool of known and unknown suspects who had to be excluded as being responsible for R’s death.

H also made a substantial application to stay the indictment as an abuse of process on the grounds of delay and difficulties with the investigation causing him not to have been identified as a suspect and arrested until 2014.

The application for a stay was successfully opposed and, having always denied responsibility for the killing, H pleaded guilty to manslaughter and the other offences on the day of his trial.

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