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My client has been caught on camera punching someone in the face. The footage looks damning. But sometimes CCTV can be turned to the defence's advantage

By Alex McBride   September 2008

“There’s CCTV,” said the prosecutor cheerfully. I wasn’t worried. CCTV is generally of such bad quality that it’s hard to figure out what the indistinct blobs on the fuzzy background are doing and to whom. Is it a pub fight? Is it a German expressionistic dance? Is it mating badgers? It’s anyone’s guess. The prosecutor pressed play. The picture quality was razor-sharp. She turned to me and smiled. “New camera,” she said.

Smack bang in the middle of the screen was my client, Giles, outside a pub, stripped to the waist and readying for action. His quarry made a break…

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