Neil Usher, instructed by Manchester CPS, successfully prosecuted Michael Marler for the offence of murder following a two-week trial at Manchester Crown Square.
Marler stabbed his girlfriend to death in a city centre apartment before jumping from the second floor of the apartment, landing on the car of a woman dropping off her husband and son. The defendant claimed he had no recollection of his actions and denied that he had the necessary intent for murder, due to the large amount of drugs he had consumed.
Earlier in the prosecution, Neil successfully persuaded the trial judge, HHJ Mansell QC, that the defence of diminished responsibility was not open to the defence, despite the defence psychiatrist giving an opinion that this defence was in fact open to the defendant.
Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/03/michael-marler-life-sentence-murdering-girlfriend-danielle-richardson-manchester