Isobel Thomas, led by David McLachlan QC, was instructed as Junior Counsel for the prosecution of a convicted drug dealer accused of murder.
The defendant, aged 39, was unanimously convicted of murder following a 9-day trial at Preston Crown Court. The court heard how the defendant subjected a vulnerable man to long-term physical abuse, including crushing his toe and extracting five of his teeth whilst he was still alive, before brutally murdering him by perforating his bladder and bowel.
It was the prosecution case that the defendant’s treatment of the deceased was nothing short of torture. The Judge described the defendant’s actions as “barbaric and evil”.
The defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 32 years.
Isobel Thomas was instructed as Junior Counsel for the prosecution, led by David McLachlan Q.C.