Simon Medland QC successfully defends teenager on murder charge

July 31, 2014

Simon Medland QC from Exchange Chambers has successfully defended a teenager who has been cleared of murder after killing her mother.

Rebecca Durkin, 19, from Southport admitted the unlawful killing of hospital cleaner Clancy Durkin at the house they shared in Birkdale. Her defence to the murder charge was that she did not intend her mother to die and that she momentarily lost her self control after years of abuse at the hands of her mother. A jury took just two and a half hours to find the Southport College student not guilty of murder.

Ms Durkin admitted manslaughter and will be sentenced next month after Judge Clement Goldstone ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Simon Medland QC was instructed by Julie Murphy of ABR Solicitors.

Brain Cummings QC from Exchange Chambers prosecuted the case.