Karim Khalil QC, leading Wayne Cleaver, commences the prosecution in Operation Webburn.
19 September 2018
Karim Khalil QC, leading Wayne Cleaver, has commenced the prosecution in the Murder trial of R v Billingham at Birmingham Crown Court. In January 2018 the defendant stabbed his eight year old daughter through the heart causing her tragic death. There is no dispute that the defendant was responsible for the killing. The issue in the trial is whether the defendant was suffering a psychiatric episode at the time to reduce the offence to Manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. The case has already attracted much national media attention; see press reports below for more information.