James Coutts and Caroline Rees QC prosecute man who caused the death of his partner during a bondage sexual encounter

James Coutts was led by Caroline Rees QC and instructed by CPS Complex Case Unit in the case of Warren Coulton who was charged with gross negligence manslaughter. Warren Coulton and his partner were celebrating his 50th birthday at a Welsh holiday lodge and consumed a cocktail of drugs and alcohol. They engaged in consensual bondage sexual activity, culminating with him restraining her arms and gagging her mouth with a sock, restricting her ability to breathe, before he fell asleep, only to wake in the morning to find her lifeless body. The 7-day trial at Mold Crown Court was presided over by Mr. Justice Picken. The jury retired for a little under two hours before returning a unanimous guilty verdict. The defendant was sentenced to a period of 6 years in prison.

This was an unusual case involving a history of consensual bondage sexual activity, which focussed around whether the breach of duty of care owed to his partner was so reprehensible and so bad as to warrant criminal sanction.

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