Rape and Sexual Offences

Nick Barraclough has extensive experience of dealing with these serious cases. He regularly defends in privately paying rape and serious sexual assault cases. Historically, he was one of the few barristers selected to be a Rape Specialist List prosecutor, but then concentrated on his defence practice and is now respected as an experienced defence barrister with a good understanding of these sensitive cases. He has also conducted cases involving people trafficking and management of brothels.

Radio 4, Nick Barraclough gave expert comment on the BBC Radio current affairs programme More Or Less; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/more_or_less/8213670.stm

Recent and notable cases include:

  • R v PM Nick defended in this child abuse case and pushed for disclosure of school and social service records of the ‘victim’. It took 6 months and numerous court hearings and applications, but Nick persisted and eventually secured the information he sought, whereupon the prosecution dropped all charges in the light of the information revealed.
  • R v MM The defendant arranged a date via the Plenty of Fish dating website. His date then accused him of raping her on the way home. The defendant was acquitted.
  • R v JJ The charge of being concerned in the management of a brothel was dismissed when the Crown Court Judge accepted Nick Barraclough’s arguments that at best the prosecution could prove that the defendant was employed as a security guard at a brothel, in which case he could not be said to be involved in the management of the premises.
  • R v PO Secured the acquittal of a member of the garage band ‘Ruff Sqwad’ who was accused of raping a 15 year old schoolgirl having just performed a gig at the Prince’s Trust Urban Music Festival at Earls Court. The co-defendant was convicted.
    Girl, 15, in Gig Rape, Mirror
  • R v CP Nick Barraclough secured the acquittal at the Old Bailey of the defendant who was charged with violently and repeatedly raping of a woman. The defendant chose to be represented by Nick Barraclough when subsequently charged with murder (see ‘Murder’).
  • R v F Control of prostitutes in a string of London ‘saunas’. The defendant admitted part of the allegations and Nick Barraclough negotiated a basis of plea that kept the defendant out of prison. Nick Barraclough subsequently represented the defendant in a 4-month drugs trial.
  • R v Mullings Nick Barraclough prosecuted this case in which the defendant was armed with an imitation firearm, a bottle of whisky and a Staffordshire Bull-terrier when he burst into the victim’s flat at 3 a.m. and violently raped her. Earlier that evening he had slashed the face victim’s boyfriend with a knife.
    Rapist Jailed for Public Protection, The Comet
  • R v R Successfully proved this Sikh defendant raped and beat his wife whom he met on Shaddi.com, the Asian marriage website. The marriage turned abusive on the honeymoon, but his wife felt trapped by the defendant, and unable to leave the marriage due to religious sensitivities and the shame it would bring upon her and her family. The case was essentially the complainant’s word against that of the family of the defendant with whom she had lived, but the defence case faltered during Nick Barraclough’s cross examination of the defendant.
  • R v Bovell A month long trial of a drug-dealer alleged to have held his victims prisoner in a flat on the Charing Cross Road from which he dispensed drugs. It was alleged he drugged, beat and raped his victims over the course of many hours, in one case filming himself having sex. Two of his victims admitted previously providing sexual favours to the defendant in return for cocaine.
  • R v Morris Instructed in the trial of a man who systematically abused numerous boys  his care at a Barnardo’s home, and did so again when warden of a boys hostel. The case dated back to the 1970s and involved issues of fitness to plead and abuse of process due to delay.