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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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