CPS will continue to prosecute cases of gun crime

27/10/2009

CPS Thames Valley Crown Advocate, Simon Heptonstall said that the CPS will continue to robustly prosecute cases of gun crime.

CPS Thames Valley Crown Advocate, Simon Heptonstall said that the CPS will continue to robustly prosecute cases of gun crime.

This follows the acquittal of Reston Braham at Reading Crown Court for the manslaughter of Natasha Derby, who was unintentionally shot dead at a party in High Wycombe in September 2004.  Another man was tried and acquitted of her murder in 2005 and this case was re-opened after he gave information leading to the arrest and charge of Mr Braham in December 2008. 

Hazel Forde and Michelle Phillips were also prosecuted for perverting the course of justice on the basis that they had helped to cover up Mr. Braham's role in the crime.  Both were acquitted today.

Mr Heptonstall added, " This case is a tragic one.  A young girl's life was taken from her as the result of the illegal use of a firearm.  I accept the jury's decision, but believe that the CPS was right to prosecute this case.  Guns are only built for one thing, to kill, no matter what the reason is for carrying them.  We will continue to work closely with the police to bring the perpetrators of gun crime before the courts."