Edmund Burge K.C. and Mark Mullins have successfully prosecuted a 20 year-old paranoid schizophrenic for the fatal stabbing of a man in Tilbury, Essex. In a three-week trial in January 2023 Darnel Curtin denied murder and manslaughter, claiming to have acted in self defence. That was rejected by the jury, who accepted the evidence of two forensic psychiatrists that Curtin was acutely psychotic at the time of the killing such that his responsibility for the murder should be reduced to manslaughter.
Curtin will be sentenced in March 2023.
Edmund is a specialist criminal advocate, ranked in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. He was called by Lincoln’s Inn in 1997 and took Silk in 2019. He is a Recorder of the Crown Court and the County Court, and is authorised to sit at the Old Bailey. He both prosecutes and defends the full range of serious criminal offences, from complex tax and commercial fraud to allegations of murder, serious violence and other organised crime.
Mark is an experienced criminal barrister. He is often instructed in serious and complex cases and has prosecuted multi-million-pound - multi-handed tax frauds, large-scale class-A drug smuggling cases and general crime. He exclusively practises in crime. He is a grade 4 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor, and is therefore often instructed in serious and complex cases. Mark has prosecuted multi-million pound and multi-handed tax frauds, large-scale class A drug smuggling cases and general crime.