Stalking – Not Guilty

This is a case study on Stalking charges resulting in a not guilty verdict.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client was charged with stalking of two girls. Police alleged that she printed materials from the inbox of one of the complainant’s Facebook account, made copies of private conversations, put them in envelopes, and hand-delivered and placed them in the letter boxes of each of the girls’ parents. This resulted in the families feuding, and subsequently, tragically, one of the complainants committed suicide.

It was not alleged that the stalking charges resulted directly in the complainant’s death; but it was put as part of the narrative.

What happened at court?
Kristina Kothrakis represented the client at the Melbourne’s Children’s Court.

The defence made a no case submission to the magistrate. Detailed written submissions were provided explaining how the charge could not amount to stalking in the context of the law. We further argued that a young teenage girl does not use the same type of reasoning as an adult would when assessing likely consequences of behaviour. The case involved a long process, with different strategies employed until we finally get the right result for our client.

What was the result?
Our submission was ultimately successful and our client was found not guilty of the charges.

Kristina KothrakisKristina Kothrakis

Kristina has significant experience in criminal trials and also holds a degree in Science, majoring in Psychology, an invaluable area of knowledge, as many of her clients suffer from psychological disorders.

Kristina strives to achieve the best possible result for all her clients. Skilled, decisive and assertive, Kristina demonstrates dedication, care and professionalism at all times.

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DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 15/09/2015