Christopher Donnellan QC prosecuted the case of the killing of Nicola Cross by Marcin Porczynski
Christopher Donnellan QC prosecuted the case of the killing of Nicola Cross by Marcin Porczynski. Prior to trial the defendant was eventually transferred from prison to Rampton High Security Psychiatric Hospital. Expert Forensic Psychiatrists concluded that at the time of the killing the defendant suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. His plea, to the charge of murder, of guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, was accepted after careful consideration by Counsel with the Crown Prosecution and Police, and approved by the Court.
Opening the full facts of this harrowing case, which involved the kidnap of two children, Christopher Donnellan QC read from the victim personal statements of her husband, her mother and her sister. Prior to sentence the court heard evidence from the psychiatrist and legal argument on the application of s45A of the Mental Health Act 1983 and R -v- Vowles  EWCA Crim 45,  2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 6
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