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John Brown’s press release after being cleared of five counts of historic sex abuse

I want to thank the Honourable Judge Arran and the members of the Jury.

I especially want to thank my legal team.

My Barrister Martyn Bowyer, from 6KBW, who strongly defended my innocence and who clearly and precisely laid out my defence.

In particular I want to give special thanks to Alexandra Forbes, of Venters Solicitors, who has guided me over the past three years and whose guidance built my defence.

I thank the press for respecting the integrity of my family during this trial.

The initial reporting that led to this trial was during my sisters Presidential campaign of 2011 and the comments of certain journalists and newspapers in particular have put us here today.

The Jury have delivered their verdict of no cover up and allegations of abuse and cover up are unfounded.

The prosecution have put both my sister and I on trial not only her and I but our beliefs, integrity and our faith. There was no cover up – there is nothing to cover up.

I came here an innocent man and today I am leaving an innocent man.

I want to thank my many friends and family whose prayers and support have carried us through.

In particular I also want to thank my sister Rosemary, my brother Gerald, brother in law Damien Scallon and brother in law Tom O Reilly, all their families, the Sheerin family and my cousins, nieces And nephews.

I especially want to thank my wife Patricia and my children for their unwavering support and who carried me through the horror of the past 3 years and the challenges.

Finally what sustained me was my faith in God, that in the darkness there was a beam of light.

Judge Arran has said I am a man of Good Character.

Thank you ….And now we can get on with our lives .. At last

Interview with Alex Forbes

Tell us about yourself                                                                          350_39126701521_8325_n

I joined Venters in July 2012 having trained and worked at two leading criminal firms in London.

I also spent some time working as a consultant for an international city firm prior to joining the firm.

I head up the criminal department at Venters and I specialise in business crime, regulatory enforcement & compliance and serious & general crime.  I defend prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, Crown Prosecution Service and HM Revenue & Customs.

I advise post conviction/sentence on potential grounds and merits of appeal. I also provide advice and assistance to witnesses who have been asked to provide a statement or have received a request to attend court to give evidence.

I provide specialist police station advice as well as advice to clients in relation to interviews conducted by other prosecution agencies. I have a wealth of experience and success in making representations to the CPS, or relevant prosecuting agency, that charges should not be brought.

I run a pro bono free criminal advice clinic at Venters for individuals to “pop in” with any criminal law issue.

What drew you to law?

I think I can say with certainty that I lead with my heart rather than my head. To me, law has always been about criminal defence, evidence, court & police station procedures and helping those facing the worse types of allegations.  I have had experience of both criminal legal aid and privately funded criminal cases and have realized that criminal law should only be undertaken by those with a passion for it.

This is one of the reasons we started the free advice clinic – to enable individuals to still get excellent criminal legal advice and access to justice on the high street.

What do you offer clients?

I can offer clients over 10 years experience in the criminal law field. I have dealt with most criminal offences from murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, drug trafficking, harassment, firearms, various degrees of assault to motoring offences.

I respect the definition of “client care” and I leave no stone unturned for my clients. I consider individual strategies for each case I deal with and I don’t simply follow a set path. Rather, I take every client’s personal circumstances into account and I am always looking two steps ahead.

What do you do when you are not lawyering?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and try to take every opportunity to celebrate special occasions.

I am also an avid cyclist and have completed the London to Brighton bike ride on a number of occasions.  I also cycled Edinburgh to London as a slightly more ambitious week’s cycling holiday.

I also enjoy writing and plan to be an author of both adult fiction and children’s books in the future.

Can you sum yourself up in 5 words?

Brave, Loyal, Kind, Determined, Fun.

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