29th Oct 2021

18 St John Street’s Colin Buckle successfully prosecutes NHS nurse Adam Soothill, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting ten women at Royal Preston Hospital between 2017 and 2019.

The alarm was first raised after hospital bosses at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust were first alerted to his crimes by a member of staff in March 2019.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to 28 charges but was convicted on the 27th October by a jury at Preston Crown Court on 24 out of 28 allegations. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the 24 offences.

Darren Caunce, investigating officer at Lancashire Police, said: “His actions were predatory and sexually motivated. He committed numerous sex assaults to satisfy his own depraved desires.”

“I must praise the victims for their strength in supporting our prosecution. They have showed great courage and bravery in coming forward and reporting the crimes to police.”

“We are committed to preventing and detecting offences of serious sexual assault. We want victims to feel confident that they will be treated with compassion and that we will do everything possible to trace those responsible and take action against them.”

Further details can be found in the Independent News.

Colin Buckle is a specialist criminal barrister who both prosecutes and defends in cases of the utmost severity.

For further information on Colin Buckle and other members of the Criminal Department, please contact a member of the criminal clerking team on 0161 278 8262 or crime@18sjs.com.