About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Suzanne Holdsworth acquitted

One person with a Christmas to look forward to is babysitter Suzanne Holdsworth who was cleared of the murder of Kyle Fisher after a retrial in which medical experts gave evidence about the child having a highly unusual brain. See the
Times , Telegraph , Daily Mail & the BBC whose Newsnight programme ran a supportive campaign.

The local Gazette focuses on the evidence she gave at the second trial regretting a lie she had told at the first trial.

Suzanne was originally convicted of murder in 2005. She spent nearly three years in prison before the Court of Appeal granted her appeal in May 2008 and ordered the retrial. Cleveland police, however, declined to offer an apology and said it would not be re-opening its investigation into the two year old's death.

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