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Southampton MC – R v JM

The client was prosecuted for driving with excess alcohol. The issues in the case were the reliability of the blood specimen and continuity. During the case the prosecution expert ceased to be qualified through failing to maintain competency. The prosecution then applied to produce the report in writing instead. The advocate lawyer instructed by Laura Heywood (reviewing lawyer) successfully persuaded the prosecution to discontinue the charges at trial as the expert was not the same person who carried out the analysis and statements from the person who tested the blood sample had not been served as evidence.

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