The jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts in just over an hour following a three-day trial at Inner London Crown Court.

Ellen Crow’s client was accused of attacking his ex-partner in her home and threatening her with a knife whilst their young daughter was present.

The defendant had pleaded guilty to breaching the non-molestation order by attending his ex-partner’s address but denied threatening or using violence against her.

The case largely turned on whether the complainant and the defendant had been in consensual contact on and before the date of the alleged incident. The complainant maintained they had not and provided WhatsApp correspondence between the pair which she said proved the contact from the defendant was one-sided.

Ellen analysed the messages and cross-examined the complainant on the basis the “disappearing messages” feature had been activated on their WhatsApp chat and that discrepancies between the WhatsApp chats and WhatsApp call log made plain that parts of the correspondence had been deleted.

Ellen was instructed by Banks & Partners.

Ellen prosecutes and defends in a wide range of criminal cases. She has a growing practice in proceeds of crime and extradition and is keen to expand her professional discipline practice. Ellen has undertaken specialist Youth Justice training with the Youth Justice Legal Centre and is confident dealing with young and vulnerable clients. She is on the Attorney General’s Junior-Junior Panel and has accepted instructions on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. She is a Grade 1 CPS prosecutor.