Season 1, Episode 1: Care5 February 2009
A baby's corpse is found in a bag at the local hospital, poisoned by gas fumes from a faulty heater in his mother's flat. A fellow tenant, Mike Turner, has been bribed by the landlady, Maureen Walters, to harass the occupants into leaving so that she can renovate the building for higher rents and he is charged with tampering with the heater and killing the child. Although a mistrial is initially called when the building's French caretaker is mistranslated, D.S. Brooks gets the trial back on track when he finds that Mrs. Walters has been bribing environmental health officers and persuades Turner to testify against her.
Season 1, Episode 2: Unloved2 March 2009
A 13-year-old boy is found kicked to death at Euston station. Mandy, his mother, is a former drug addict and her boyfriend is in the frame as the murderer because he is already suspected of physical abuse towards the victim. At the trial, defence barrister Beatrice McArdle advances a bizarre line of defence - her client is "genetically predisposed" towards murder and, therefore, has no control over their actions.
Season 1, Episode 3: Vice9 March 2009
The body of ex-vice squad officer Frank McCallum is found in the back of a car. He apparently was killed after oral sex. Though married to an adoring wife Frank had a roving eye and money from the paint-balling firm for which he worked is unaccounted for. The trail leads to a shop run by two friends,Emma and Kate, who moonlight as high-class prostitutes to pay for their sons' school fees and Emma's unique and expensive lipstick is identified amongst the forensic evidence in the back of the car. She claims that Frank tried to rape her and that she killed him in self-defence. Castle and his team of prosecutors are not convinced and prepare to do battle with the formidable defence lawyer Phyllis Gladstone.
Season 1, Episode 4: Unsafe16 March 2009
The nine-year-old skeleton of David Ackroyd is discovered in Thames mudflats. Ackroyd was clearly shot but in 1999 Luke Slade was convicted of his murder although no corpse was found and an unreliable witness claimed that Slade told him he had stabbed his victim. Whilst in jail Slade has become skilled in the law and wins himself a re-trial, putting James Steel's career on the line in the process. Fortunately for Steel, a visit to Slade's old cell-mate yields results.
Season 1, Episode 5: Buried23 March 2009
The remains of a small boy discovered in a wall by workmen are identified as those of Tommy Keegan, who disappeared twenty-five years earlier. A neighbour, Edward Connor, a suspected paedophile, was arrested then but released for lack of evidence. Brooks and Devlin believe that Julia Mortimer, who used to play with Tommy when they were children, is subconsciously suppressing her memories of the events of the time, and, under regression hypnosis, names her estranged father Vernon not only as the killer but as a paedophile himself who molested her too. The court trial leads to angry exchanges between Julia and her father. Which one is telling the truth?
Season 1, Episode 6: Paradise30 March 2009
An arson attack on a Turkish social club kills seventeen people. The perpetrator, Nazim Kazaba, is caught as part of the device he used went off in the blast and got embedded in his leg. He claims that Ediz Kilic, a respected Turkish businessman, is also a people smuggler who forced him to silence the clubbers, illegal immigrants ready to expose his activities. Amid charges of racism Steel jeopardises his friendship with a Turk from his student days to get information to bring Kilic down.
Season 1, Episode 7: Alesha6 April 2009
Brooks and Devlin investigate when prosecutor Alesha Phillips claims that gynaecologist Alec Merrick has got frisky with her but conflicting reports from previous clients make arrest impossible. She returns to see Merrick, who drugs and rapes her, which she captures on spy camera, but at his trial his barrister claims entrapment and the jury take his side. But it is not over yet.
Season 2, Episode 1: Samaritan30 July 2009
A police officer is killed in a shoot out with a drug dealer. Based on the testimony of another dealer, Brooks and Devlin must determine whether back up was slow to arrive and left the officer to die because he was gay.
Season 2, Episode 2: Hidden6 August 2009
A young girl goes missing on the way to her guitar lesson. A week later, she is found murdered, and CCTV footage leads detectives to a viable suspect for the kidnapping.
13 August 2009
A bipolar homeless man is found beaten unconscious. An angry resident of the neighborhood is charged with the premeditated attack.
Season 2, Episode 4: Sacrifice20 August 2009
When a man is found lying on the ground with a kidney surgically removed, Brooks and Devlin have a case that they believed fell more into the category of urban myth than real-life crime. They quickly focus on finding the intended recipient of the stolen organ. Transplantation is highly controlled and centralized to prevent queue jumping but they soon find a recent transplantation that was completed from outside the system. They soon uncover a tale of a sick woman, a concerned parent and a greedy, disgruntled surgeon. For James Steel, the question becomes one of which of these to prosecute. When he makes his choice, he finds that his boss, George Castle, will defend the case.
27 August 2009
A teen-aged girl returning from vacation with her friends dies from a heroin overdose. Devlin and Brooks must find the man who hired her to smuggle the drugs.
3 September 2009
Following the DPS investigation of the shooting of an informant by a detective, Devlin looks into the detective's past which leads to an investigation of Brooks for stealing drugs six years earlier.
Season 3, Episode 1: Broken9 September 2010
Five-year-old Connor Reid is strangled and security cameras show the two little girls who baby-sit him, Paige and prostitute's daughter Rose, take him into the empty flat where his corpse was found. In interview Paige breaks down and names Rose as the killer, though, in court, Rose's brief Kim Sharkey invites the court to accept Paige as the guilty party and forensics seem to implicate her as the murderess. Then Alesha finds evidence to nail Rose as the killer and the prosecution, pleading the girl's abusive upbringing as grounds for diminished responsibility, seek psychiatric care for her. However Sharkey, after professional glory, wants an all-or-nothing verdict. James puts Rose's vile mother in the witness box to prove the prosecution point and save Rose from a murder charge.
Season 3, Episode 2: Hounded16 September 2010
Convicted serial rapist Paul Darnell is released on parole and,three months later,young Ashanti Walker,who lives in the same area as Darnell, is killed after sex. He is the perfect parolee with a loyal girl-friend but he has no alibi and Steel is convinced he is the murderer. He is arrested but his barrister claims persecution and,at his trial, is credible and sympathetic whilst Steel does himself no favors with his bigotry and zeal,with obvious results. However,that is not the end of the matter.
Season 3, Episode 3: Defence23 September 2010
Two workers and a customer in a vintage clothes shop are brutally murdered with a bayonet. The fourth,surviving,victim identifies the killer as John Smith,an educated but homeless ex-military man,who is arrested with the weapon on him. It is found out that he was previously charged with stalking a young woman but sloppy prosecution led to the case's collapse. He is also a law graduate and defends himself,despite a history of mental instability vouched for by his sister,Patricia. In court he claims that he was not himself that day and therefore not the killer. Steel brings in Patricia and uses Smith's paranoia to get his conviction.
Season 3, Episode 4: Confession30 September 2010
Matt Devlin takes it badly when his old friend and fellow cop,Pete Garvey is found dead,an apparent suicide. Garvey's widow says that he had recently been plagued by nightmares and was seeing Jonathan Nugent,a former priest and pillar of the community but in reality an undetected paedophile,who had molested Garvey and others when they were boys. The prosecution build their case on the fact that Nugent's abuse so unbalanced Garvey that he killed himself as a result but Nugent's claim that Garvey was blackmailing him tips the jury on his side and Steel must do a deal with the Catholic church if he is to get a conviction.
Season 3, Episode 5: Survivor7 October 2010
Prison officer Charlie Tyner is found, shot dead, on a Hackney council estate. Prime suspect, recently released pedophile Ellis Bevan, has an alibi and the police later learn that Tyner dealt in heroin. A connection is made with Tamika Vincent, a drugs mule serving time in the prison where Tyner last worked who ran drugs for scary gangster Jackson Marshall, a man the Police and Prosecutors have long sought to bring down. The prosecution believe Tamika put Marshall up to killing Tyner and Alesha plays on her own rape and roots in Hackney to get Tamika to confirm this.
Season 3, Episode 6: Masquerade14 October 2010
After a student is found stabbed, the police have to deal with counter-allegations of murder and rape. Facing angry parents, lurid media headlines, and mixed feelings among police and prosecutors, this case proves a hard one to handle.
Season 3, Episode 7: Anonymous21 October 2010
For two years Stephanie Blake has been pestered by a cyber-stalker who knows every detail of her private life. Conceited ladies' man Russell Lowry tried to contact her from prison but,after being pushed downstairs, Stephanie fails to recognize him - and then she is murdered. Lowry slowly moves into the frame on the discovery that Stephanie subscribed by standing order to an animal charity for which he worked,so he knows her purchasing details. A cell-mate also reveals that Lowry used a computer in prison. The prosecution case is,however, flimsy as Ronnie recorded his view that Stephanie faked the fall downstairs as a cry for help. He determines not to let her down again,bringing his evidence at Lowry's trial into conflict with Matt's view.Up against fearsome defending brief Evelyn Wyndham,James must discredit Matt for a result.
Season 4, Episode 1: ID4 November 2010
The police investigate the murder of Alice Cullin, a young doctor who is found dead in the car park at the hospital where she worked. She was also pregnant. Her fiancé, Joe Nash, works as a porter at the hospital and from all accounts, is a very nice fellow. They find that Joe has been seeing a woman who lives near the hospital and they assume that he was having an affair. The woman turns out to be Daniela Renzo, a psychiatric social worker who is responsible for assisting Joe with his reintegration into society. The police get Joe to confess to the murder but for Crown Prosecutor James Steel, the question quickly becomes just who Nash is when it's revealed he's living under an assumed identity given to him by the Home Office.
Season 4, Episode 2: Denial11 November 2010
The police investigate the shooting of 54 year-old Rachel Callaghan, a well-known high court judge, during what seems to be a car-jacking. They retrieve the car fairly quickly from a dupe who bought the car on the cheap. When they arrest the middleman in the sale, he points to a man named Eddie as the thief. It quickly becomes obvious that this wasn't just a carjacking and that it's likely Eddie was hired to kill the woman. The evidence points to the victims husband Dan but the victim tells the Crown Prosecutors that she will testify on his behalf if they proceed with the case. When she orders her doctors to withdraw her medication, James Steele seeks the court's permission to question her before she dies but after she tries to commit suicide, he has to seek her to be declared mentally incompetent.
Season 4, Episode 3: Shaken18 November 2010
Devlin and Brooks investigate the death of a four month old baby, Alex. It's initially believed to be a cot death or SIDS. The pathologist finds serious injuries however that are consistent shaken baby syndrome. Four people had regular access to the child including the parents, Suzanne and Michael Rains, their nanny Layla Merton and Michael's ex-wife and business partner, Andrea. Their initial focus is on the nanny, who it turns out had been fired by a previous employer. The police also get evidence that her boyfriend Lloyd Benson had spent the evening with her, something she didn't disclose in her interview. The Crown pursues charges against both Layla and Lloyd but James Steel is afraid doubt about which of the two actually shook baby Alex may lead a jury to find them both innocent. A lie gives them the information they need to find who is responsible.
25 November 2010
The police investigate a suspicious fire that resulted in the death of 13 year-old Ian Parnell. His mother Megan managed to escape but the pathologist confirms that Ian died of smoke inhalation. The boy was severely disabled and unable to care for himself. They follow several false leads including an absent father who is behind on his support payments and a couple of neighborhood lads who were known to have harassed the dead boy. In the end, the evidence points to the mother. In court James and Alesha come up against a barrister who refuses all reasonable offers to settle the case. His disdain for his client leads him to mount a series of increasingly ridiculous defenses. When the truth finally emerges, the Crown prosecutors face a moral dilemma.
Season 4, Episode 5: Help2 December 2010
The police investigate the murder of a former professional footballer, Robert Nichols, who is found lying beside his car bludgeoned to death. He was on his way to meet his sister and was apparently replacing a flat tire when the attack occurred. The only thing taken was his very expensive watch. They manage to trace a passerby, Mike Jones, who initially denies having seen anything but eventually admits he was helping Nichols fix his flat. The police are naturally suspicious and believe Jones may have been the perpetrator. In checking into Nichols's background however, they learn he was a big-time gambler and owed well-known mobster Don Marsh a quarter of a million pounds. Jones obviously has good reason to lie since he saw who killed Nichols but the mobster has made it clear that his life is in danger if he testifies.
Season 4, Episode 6: Skeletons9 December 2010
DS Devlin and DS Brooks investigate the murder of a 13 year-old boy, Sean Monroe, the son of a fellow police officer, who was killed and put down a storm drain. A note found on the body points to the work of Andrew Dillon, who was sentenced for an earlier racial murder and is serving his sentence. The racial motivation for the killing seems confirmed when a second boy, Dev Desai, is found strangled with the same note in his pocket. However, their investigation leads to a security guard, Marcus Wright, who admits to having encounters with both boys at the shops where he works. He says the boys deaths were God's will and he was simply doing God's work. If Wright is to be believed, it means that Dillon was wrongfully convicted. The case becomes personal when James Steel is accused of having purposely buried a witness statement that would have likely exonerated Dillon. He finds himself in dock but the judge allows him to conduct his own defense.
10 July 2011
Natalie Chandler's friend hospital sister Logan reports suspected foul play following several deaths on her A and E ward,the last being when a young girl was given a fatal dose of prescription drugs. Chief suspect young Dr. Grant proves to be an unqualified impostor but he implicates elderly,pain-killer addicted colleague Dr. Austen,who was in charge when the other patients died. Austen consequently stands trial.
Season 5, Episode 2: Safe17 July 2011
When single parent Kayla Stark reports her two-year old son Ryan missing suspicion falls on the child's estranged father Jimmy but Ronnie finds inconsistencies in Kayla's story and learns that her violent,controlling new boyfriend Rob Whitely resented Ryan and Jimmy. Would Kayla have killed her child for the sake of such a wastrel or did Whitely himself do away with the toddler? New senior prosecutor Jake is determined to try them both for murder.
Season 5, Episode 3: Crush24 July 2011
Prostitute Katka Cizek is stabbed to death in her rented flat with four thousand pounds under her mattress. The porter may have tried to blackmail her but the DNA of history professor Gavin Williams is found in her finger-nails. Furthermore the murder weapon matches a knife missing from his kitchen,the money was drawn from his account and the prosecution allege Katka was about to expose his arrangement to his wife,Jane. Chosen to cross-examine Jane at Gavin's trial,Alesha is unhappy with certain aspects of Jane's evidence and draws her own conclusions.
Season 5, Episode 4: Tick Tock31 July 2011
After a girl and a boy in masks go on a killing spree,murdering clubbers and a shop-keeper,they are cornered at another robbery where the girl,Joanne Vickers,shoots the older,controlling boyfriend,deranged ex-soldier Andy Bishop. Joanne's lawyer Phyllis Gladstone argues that her client was bullied and coerced by Bishop into being his accomplice and Jake's boss Henry Sharpe feels he should prosecute Joanne for murder,not manslaughter,warning him that his future rests on the case's outcome. Helped by Alesha, Jake needs to dig into Joanne's past if he is to get his desired verdict.
Season 5, Episode 5: Intent7 August 2011
When popular couple David and Elaine Lerner are savagely murdered in their bed in a seemingly motiveless crime Ronnie deduces that the intended target was the previous house owner Camilla Mallon,a banker involved in a hedge fund scam.Her ex-husband Lucas Boyd had a car crash that night near the house and suffered a black-out. Whilst his bloodied thumb print is at the murder scene he has no recollection of events and his barrister claims innocence through automatism. However Alesha sees something which sets the case on another track entirely.
Season 5, Episode 6: Deal14 August 2011
When a woman is shot dead whilst asleep in bed the gun proves to have been fired from an opposite balcony through the open window. Witnesses name stroppy 13-year old Kaden Blake,runner for drug baron Mark Ellis and son of a cocaine-addicted single mother,as being on the balcony with a gun given him by Ellis to shoot another runner as an example. At first uncooperative Blake admits that Ellis coerced him into using the gun and it is the adult who stands trial. But after the verdict has been reached one of the law and order team falls victim to Ellis's pernicious influence.
28 September 2011
New partner Sam Casey joins a grieving Ronnie to find out who shot Matt dead. Sam suspects an accomplice of the recently convicted Mark Ellis but the trail ultimately leads to Jamaal Clarkson,a youngster whose brother Kieran was murdered in 2003,though the police closed the case as a suicide. Jamaal believes they were not interested as Kieran was black and tells Ronnie he knows Ellis was the murderer. It was his intention to kill Ellis but,on discovering that he had been sentenced,shot Matt instead as an act of revenge against the apathetic police. Whilst Alesha and Jake prepare a case of murder against Jamaal,Doug Greer,his barrister argues that the boy is himself a victim,whose crime was motivated by desperation,not calculation.
Season 6, Episode 2: Immune5 October 2011
Following an armed robbery at a takeaway a bystander is killed and Michael Coombs,who has a medical condition,is forced to drive the robbers when their car breaks down. Frank Donovan admits involvement with ex-cellmate Jamie Harper and agrees to divulge where Coombs was taken in exchange to a murder charge being reduced to manslaughter of the onlooker. However Coombs has died,a fact of which Donovan was surely aware and Jake aims to have the agreement annulled against opposition from Donovan's brief Miriam Pescatore. Then Harper's body is discovered buried in the woods and Jake gets his chance to prosecute Donovan for murder.
Season 6, Episode 3: Haunted12 October 2011
After being hit by a car dying burglar Jimmy O'Docherty confesses to killing teen-aged Amanda Bennett fourteen years earlier. At the time Ronnie arrested Simon,her father,who got life but was released on appeal after three years. Now three sources come forward to say that Jimmy's partner in crime Ricky Phelps admitted to the murder and he stands trial. His barrister Philip Nevins not only discredits the prosecution witnesses but points to the fact that,at the time of the original investigation Ronnie was an alcoholic and his colleague Bernard Rawlins hooked on prescription drugs,questioning the validity of the new accusation. Ronnie must draw on his past recollections to see that justice is done.
Season 6, Episode 4: Trial19 October 2011
When janitor Jonathan Waldman is killed by a letter bomb early suspicions are off a race crime as he was Jewish until the police find out that he was blackmailing student Simon Wells for stealing drugs from Thameside University,where Jonathan was employed. Simon admits to making the letter bomb but his brief,Rachel Mathesson,pleads diminished responsibility as Simon as the boy has a mental condition. He was seeing psychiatrist Dr Middlebrook,who could be responsible for Simon's condition as he failed to continue his treatment in return for money from a German pharmaceutical firm. The revelation that Simon has a brain tumour leads to the doctor being tried for manslaughter,after which Jake visits his elderly mother in a care home.
Season 6, Episode 5: Line Up26 October 2011
Schoolgirl Anna Russo is lured to a flat and raped by three boys who film their crime and post it on the Internet. Anna cannot identify her assailants but DNA from the flat and a statement by Anna's friend Danny,who rang the police that night,leads to the criminals' arrest. However their barrister Renay Everett has the emotive video footage excluded as it does not demonstrate forced intercourse. Alesha,herself a rape victim,leans on Danny to provide evidence to show that Anna was not the boys' first victim.
2 November 2011
Ronnie and Sam investigate the murder of philandering barman Derek Strachan shot dead in his car. Prime suspect is Roland Hextor,whose car was spotted at the murder scene and that of another slaying six months earlier but his gun is not the murder weapon and,when his mother provides an alibi for one murder it looks as if he cannot be charged. Meanwhile Abraham Roach is pleading guilty to murder after killing his brother in a fight. The prosecutors believe he is only guilty of manslaughter and do a little bargaining to effect this in exchange for Gareth Markham,a youth who says he only admitted to a wounding charge because Sam intimidated him,coming clean.
9 November 2011
After forensic technician Kelly Mahon is stabbed to death her colleague Lucy Kennard is also attacked,claiming the assailant was taxi driver Carl Lucas who,it would seem,also killed Kelly. Lucy is nervous and seeks reassurance from Sam,eventually having a sexual relationship with him. However mounting evidence suggests that Lucy is the murderer who deliberately incriminated Carl. Furthermore she has a history of extorting money from men,including Kelly's boyfriend Tom. She is tried for murder but in court drops a bombshell that throws her sanity in doubt,claiming that the judge agreed to acquit her if she had sex with him.
Season 7, Episode 1: Tracks14 July 2013
A car left on a level crossing causes a crash which kills fifteen people though the driver cannot be found. Initially the police, led by Natalie Chandler's replacement, the recently promoted Wes Leyton, suspect the car owner, the unpleasant Michael Gennis, but learn that the car was stolen and the actual driver, Finn Tyler, intended to kill himself by driving onto the track but survived. Jake Thorne is anxious to prosecute for murder but Tyler's lawyer, Kate Barker, puts up a case of diminished responsibility by reason of insanity though the case is found. Shortly afterwards Tyler is found dead in his cell and suspicion falls on D.S. Sam Casey, being his last known visitor. Jake also learns that Kate is to join the prosecution team.
Season 7, Episode 2: Tremors21 July 2013
Jake and Kate argue over the morality of prosecuting a mentally ill man like Tyler and indeed over most things but declare a truce over a broken coffee machine whilst Ronnie catches up with estranged daughter Emma. As the last person to apparently have seen Tyler alive Sam is suspended from duty pending a full investigation. He has a day out with his little boy, to his ex-wife's disapproval. Convinced of Sam's innocence Ronnie does some sleuthing of his own, discovering that CCTV footage of Tyler in his cell has gone missing. This in turn leads him to discover a pact made by the bereaved relatives of the train victims and to the real killer.
Season 7, Episode 3: Paternal28 July 2013
Michael Trent is found shot dead in a hotel room and the money he had with him is missing. Not only was he dealing with the dangerous Kopecky brothers but had told his girlfriend Becky that he was an under-cover policeman, when he was actually car salesman Gary Tully. The police learn that, despite his hidden wealth, he owed thousands in maintenance to Lindsay, the mother of his son Joe, who has leukemia and was evasive about donating bone marrow to Joe. Suspicion falls on Lindsay's father Philip Donovan,who had been hiding some of the stolen money and he is charged with murder but his lawyer Eleanor Flint pleads self-defence when Philip claims that Tully pulled a gun on him. However a police interview with an associate of Philip suggests that both he and Lindsay had plotted to kill Tully. Kate is sympathetic but Jake wants a conviction.
4 August 2013
Property developer Charlotte Leigh's body is pulled from the Thames and, after suicide is ruled out, the main suspect is her abusive ex-husband Richard, with whom she was involved in a custody battle over their school-girl daughter Holly, but he has an alibi. Traces of Charlotte's blood are found at the flat she shared with her new man Sean and Holly. Each claim the other was pestering them sexually but Holly is charged with the murder and stands trial. However Ronnie discovers that Sean was also involved with a school-friend of Holly, which swings the case away from the accused.
Season 7, Episode 5: Mortal11 August 2013
Elderly, frail Jenny Moran is found dead in her flat and police initially suspect a burglary gone wrong. Jenny's grand-daughter Connie tells Ronnie that Jenny's live-in carer Cecile has disappeared, having stolen a clock, but Cecile claims the clock was a present and accuses Connie of firing her because she would not obey her instructions and starve Jenny to death. She backs up her claim with written instructions. The police discover that Connie, a potential bankrupt, has inherited Jenny's flat and she is charged with murder. Her lawyer Vijay Prasad submits that the accusation is vague and that Connie could easily have smothered her grandma if she wanted. Then Connie gives evidence, stating that her grandmother was in great pain and killed herself for the release. She is very convincing and it seems likely that Jake will fail to secure a guilty verdict.
Season 7, Episode 6: Dependent18 August 2013
Richard Peters is found bludgeoned to death outside his flat, Leo, the baby he adopted with his partner Gareth Wilks is missing. Ruth Pendle, Leo's mother and a former drug addict, is seen on CCTV leaving the murder scene with a man who proves to be Neil Jenkins, the baby's father - at whose home Leo is found. Jenkins admits to pushing Richard though he and Ruth both deny murder and the police charge them jointly. They have separate barristers, each accusing the other, but Kate believes Ruth should not be prosecuted and gets into trouble with Jake for colluding with Ruth's barrister Lydia Smythson by providing information to help her. Ronnie discovers that Kate's bias is due to her missing sister Beth's situation, similar to Ruth's. Ultimately Kate lets her head rule her heart in identifying the real killer, after which Ronnie has good news for her regarding her sister.
Season 8, Episode 1: Flaw12 March 2014
Ronnie and new partner Joe Hawkins, who has come from the child protection unit, investigate a gruesome double murder where the victims' hands and teeth were removed. One of the dead men is jeweller Harry Bernstein and suspicion falls on his wife Lindsay and her lover David as well as business partner Micky Belker. However when a box containing Harry's missing hands is sent to his sister Rebecca the case takes a different turn as she is on the jury in the trial of Dale Horgan, a gangster and drug dealer whom Ronnie is desperate to see convicted after he was acquitted of shooting a little girl in the back and jury intimidation is now a clear motive. The prosecutors are afraid that an over-emotional Ronnie may be a bad witness in the face of Horgan's icy barrister Eleanor Richmond and coach him in staying objective. Jake applies to have Eleanor discharged from the jury and ultimately the whole case is to be tried by a single judge. It looks as id Ronnie is never going to nail Horgan but then Joe comes up with an unexpected witness.
19 March 2014
Philip Gardner, a psychiatrist specialising in troubled adolescents, is stabbed to death and Ronnie initially believes that one of his clients is the culprit. However Philip's younger wife Alison lies about her alibi on then night of the murder and it is unintentionally negated by her daughter Lisa. Eventually Alison admits that she believed her husband to be having an affair with a girl called Clare and that she did kill him but she was not in her right mind at the time, striking out in frustration. When her mother tells the police that Alison met her husband when she was his patient Kate questions whether murder is the right charge to put to her though Jake is determined to go ahead and at the trial the true identity of Clare is, somewhat ironically, revealed.
26 March 2014
When a car is pulled from a river with a skeleton in its boot the pathologist reckons both have been there for a quarter of a century and eventually the dead man is shown to be Taylor Kane, one of the first black undercover officers, who disappeared at the time of the Brixton riots. Despite no corpse being found at the time his end of service record was signed by his superior officer Alex Greene, declaring him dead. Soon afterwards the murder weapon is identified as a truncheon belonging to racist policeman Darren Grady. Emotions run high as Jake, against Henry's advice, promises Taylor's sister Nikki that she will get justice and prosecutes Grady for murder. To assist the case Ronnie approaches a former colleague in order to obtain the truth about Taylor's death.
Season 8, Episode 4: Pride2 April 2014
Unemployed family man Neil Lester is battered to death with a paper-weight in his own home, having convinced his wife that he has been working for the past nine months. Sixteen thousand pounds were put into his bank account, apparently by pensioner Eddie Stewart, whose friend Felix pawned Neil's computer recently. Eddie's prints are also found at Neil's house and he is charged with murder. Eddie's daughter turns out to be Ronnie's old boss Natalie and, behind the prosecutors' backs, they try to gather evidence to prove his innocence, not helped by Natalie's filial outbursts in court. They find out that Neil impersonated Eddie to secure a loan, leading to a confrontation. But did that confrontation lead to murder?
Season 8, Episode 5: Customs9 April 2014
The body of elderly businesswoman Ranya Habib is found at a suicide spot but foul play is suspected after a neighbour tells Ronnie he heard her arguing with somebody. Ranya was meeting Egyptian doctor Yafeu Elsayed, whom Ronnie suspects of terrorism though he claims to be Ranya's specialist. CCTV footage links Ranya's daughter-in-law Safia to the crime scene and she is arrested and charged with murder. However it transpires that Safia opposed Ranya's desire for Safia's little daughter Laila to be subject to genital mutilation by Elsayed and Kate tips off Sania's lawyer Madeline Morgan to this effect, as well as persuading Joe to prosecute Elsayed for causing actual bodily harm to women. This alters everything.
16 April 2014
Maids find blood-stained sheets but no body in a hotel room, booked with a credit card stolen from businessman Charles Hutton by Rufus Barton, a school classmate and secret lover of Hutton's daughter Georgia. Georgia admits that she had a miscarriage in the room but evidence shows that the baby was born alive and the young couple are arrested for infanticide - despite the absence of a corpse. At their trial, where they are represented by smooth Maitland Cosby, a long-standing adversary of Jake, they claim to have no knowledge of what happened to the baby but its little body is later found and Charles Hutton admits to helping with its disposal. Cosby submits that the infant's death was accidental. The prosecutors hope that the jury will disagree.
Season 8, Episode 7: Hard Stop23 April 2014
When a spate of shootings claims one of Ronnie and Joe's own, Wes Leyton, the pair are left with a race against time as the next target the shooter has in his cross-hairs is CPS boss Henry Sharpe.
11 June 2014
Still affected by the death of one of their team, Ronnie and Joe have a new case to deal with when a young mother is stabbed to death in a busy London marketplace.
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