William Hughes KC

William Hughes QC Prosecutes Edward Colston Statue Topplers

The trial of four defendants nicknamed 'the Colston four' commenced on Monday 13th December 2021 at Bristol Crown Court before HHJ Blair QC. William Hughes QC is prosecuting the case, leading David Scutt of Guildhall Chambers, Bristol. The Prosecution case is that the statue of Edward Colston a 17th century slaver and philanthropist, was pulled down and ultimately thrown into Bristol Harbour, by a small number of individuals, including the four defendants on trial as a peaceful Black Lives Matter march simultaneously took place in Bristol on 7th June 2020. The trial is expected to conclude before Christmas