Youth avoids custody after being cleared on attempted murder charge

when BSB Partner met him, 15 year old J had never seen the inside of a court room let alone a prison cell.

When BSB Partner met  him , 15 year old J had never seen the inside of a court room let alone a prison cell. A few days earlier he had just completed his final GCSE when he arranged to meet an acquaintance to discuss a dispute over a watch . Fearing the other party would turn up with friends ,J armed himself with a knife. When he was attacked J using the knife caused stab wounds in the victims upper body .


After two days of questioning, he was charged with attempted murder and bought before The Youth Court , where Jonathan  Black successfully persuaded the court to unusually grant bail subject to a stringent bail package  which he had worked with J’s family to prepare.

The Crown Prosecution Service used their powers to appeal the decision to grant bail. Mr Black appeared before the Crown Court , where The Judge,  impressed by the package of conditions that had been put in place, upheld the Magistrates’ decision to bail him.

The bail package enabled J to learn new life skills and attend college, opportunities that would not have been available to him had he been detained on remand.


When the case came to trial this spring , the Crown Prosecution Service were persuaded to accept a guilty plea to unlawful wounding charge. Following the Youth Sentencing Guidelines,  the Judge agreed not to send J to youth custody, but to allow the progress he had been making on bail to continue. He was made subject to a Youth Rehabilitation Order.

“In Thanking BSB  J’s relative said, “Once again thank you so much for the wonderfully kind and skilful way in which you have helped and guided J and the family over the last nine months. We are truly stunned and relieved at the amazing result achieved today.”

If you are or know a young person in need of legal assistance please contact Jonathan Black or Cecilia Goodwin.