This has been a very traumatic time for Ms Westlake and her family both the events leading up to and following her wrongful conviction for assault by beating Ms Kate Sanders
Following trial the bench found as a fact that there was no deliberate assault upon Ms Sanders and Ms Westlake was convicted on the basis of recklessness in that she failed to foresee a risk of harm to Ms Sanders by virtue of holding a glass in her hand in close proximity to Ms Sanders during the course of a verbal altercation
Ms Westlake legal team considered that the justices were wrong in their application of the legal test of recklessness and the appeal was brought on that basis
The court today have confirmed the error in the lower court and accordingly have quashed ms west lakes conviction
Ms Westlake life has been destroyed by something that was no more than unfortunate accident in particular Ms Westlake was unfairly dismissed from her position as zoo keeper at ZSL London zoo and has suffered significant ps biological harm arising from Ms Sanders attack upon her which has been exacerbated by these proceedings
Ms Westlake would like thank those that sent messages of support to her which have been a source of strength and encouragement for her and also expresses her thanks to her excellent legal team for their diligence and perseverance in obtaining justice for her
Justice has now been served and Ms Westlake would now appreciate the opportunity to put this matter behind her and rebuild her life
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June Venters QC spoke this morning on BBC News about the new changes that will seek family’s attend mediation prior to proceedings being issued, and the reduced time frame for care proceedings.
June Venters was invited to speak to BBC London, Vanessa Feltz about the role of step parents and their families today. She highlighted the importance of families communicating and agreeing about important issues that will affect them both now and in the future such as, parental responsibility how this will be exercised by the step parent; inheritance – the importance of making a will because step children do not have the same “rights” of inheritance as birth children. She recommended how mediation could assist families to communicate about these and many other relevant areas and drew an analogy with pre nuptial agreements and how it is important for step families to agree how issues should be resolved in a controlled environment and before they occur to avoid disagreement and ill feeling and scope for confusion later.