The re-trial of Stokoe Partnership clients, Dennis Slade, Richard Pearman and Michael Baxter for conspiracy to murder Ralph Roberts collapsed. The prosecution stated that, due to their ongoing duty to review the case, they had taken the decision to offer no evidence.

Junior Advocate for Pearman, Dino Charalambous of Stokoe Partnership Solicitors, said: “I am very pleased with the outcome of this case. There is no doubt in my mind that justice has finally been served.”

Mr Justice Globe indicated that the papers in this case are to be sent to the Attorney General to consider whether the collapse of this case should be investigated.

Slade, Pearman and Baxter originally went on trial accused of conspiracy to murder Ralph Roberts in the East End Park area of Leeds between February 22 and March 4, 2008. The three were arrested when serious organised crime officers moved in during a surveillance operation.

Jurors were told the three men were tried and convicted for conspiracy to murder and other charges in 2009. The defendants appealed their convictions, which were quashed, and a retrial ordered. That re-trial collapsed on Wednesday 18th November 2015.