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R v R
Sara Lyle uses her expert skills to cross examine witnesses aged 5 and 13 securing an acquittal for her client and escaping a dog destruction order.
Sara Lyle was instructed to act for a 26 year old female who was accused of owning a dog dangerously out of control. The dog, which was already subject to a control order due to the fact that is suspected to be a prohibited breed, however, that could not be proved. The dog was alleged to escaped the front garden of the home and bitten a 5 year old child on the lip who was playing on the front street, causing injury. The only other witness in this case was his 13 year old cousin. Two, very vulnerable witnesses which required a special protocol in relation to their evidence. Sara Lyle used her vast experience when preparing for the trial of this action and all questions put forward at the ground rules hearing were agreed without any amendments. Sara Lyle used her expert advocacy skills to cross examine the child witnesses in a manner which they would understand whilst obtaining the relevant information from them. Following trial the defendant was found not guilty of the allegation and the dog was returned to her without question.