Not Guilty of Manslaughter before the Old Bailey

Giovanna Fiorentino successfully advised and represented Mr R, a 32 year old door supervisor charged, along with two others, with gross-negligence manslaughter.

After a year of extensive police investigation into the death of a customer at the popular Vauxhall venue Club 65 on 15 June 2014, and a four week trial at the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey), on 5th February 2016 Mr R was unanimously acquitted in less than two hours by a Jury.

The deceased had been refused entry to the night club and, after having demonstrated aggressive behaviour, had been restrained by the three  defendants for around 6 minutes. He was pronounced dead after two days by cause of positional asphyxia suffered during the restraint. The expert pathologist however, gave evidence at trial that Mr R's contribution to the death could not be regarded as being any more than minimal. The prosecution therefore argued that the case against Mr R would stand regardless, in so far as the level of care  provided to the victim  in the aftermath of the restraint was insufficient. The case raised serious concerns into the standard of training provided by the SIA to accredited door supervisors.