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 defended in cases involving people trafficking and management of brothels.
See Nick’s contribution to Radio 4’s current affairs programme More Or Less.
Nick was instructed in to represent a young man who was one of 22 defendants said to be involved in more than 80 offences involving trafficking and the most serious sexual abuse. Nick successfully applied for the case to be stayed (i.e stopped) as an abuse of process. The prosecution appealed to the Court of Appeal where Nick was again successful. His client was then acquitted. The case involved 247 witnesses and some 28,000 page of evidence.
R v PM Nick defended in this child abuse case and pushed for disclosure of school and social service records of the complainant. It took 6 months and numerous court hearings and applications, but Nick persisted and eventually secured the information sought, whereupon the prosecution dropped all charges in the light of what was revealed.
Nick was instructed to prosecute a case involving the abuse and attempted rape of a toddler girl. The defendant was sentenced to a total of 17 years and 4 months imprisonment. See report in The Mirror.
R v Moseley Nick was asked to prosecute this serial rapist, and secured convictions and a sentence of 23 years’ imprisonment in this rape and GBH case. See BBC report.
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’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 Nick represented a member of the grime crew ‘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. PO was acquitted; the co-defendant was convicted. See report in The Mirror.
R v CP At the Old Bailey, Nick represented a man charged with repeated rapes. The defendant was acquitted. 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 after Nick 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 a defendant who, when armed with an imitation firearm, a bottle of whisky and a Staffordshire Bull-terrier, burst into the victim’s flat at 3 a.m. and violently raped her. Earlier that evening he had slashed the face of the victim’s boyfriend with a knife. The defendant was convicted after trial. See report in The Comet.
R v R The defendant allegedly raped and beat his wife, whom he’d 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.
R v B 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 King A case involving the abduction and knife-point rape of an 18 year old homeless male. See the BBC report.
R v M 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 hostel. The case dated back to the 1970s and involved issues of fitness to plead and abuse of process due to delay.