R v R – (Snaresbrook) Kidnap, false imprisonment, blackmail and torture – R and two others accused of
holding complainant hostage, stripping, binding and beating him. R accused of drilling
holes in victim’s arm. Defence of mistaken identity and alibi. At the first trial, defendants 1
and 2 were convicted; jury unable to decide on R. At re-trial, Crown relied on cell site evidence
which undermined the alibi. R acquitted.
R v M – (Central Criminal Court) Aggravated burglary – Gang of teenagers accused of breaking in to complainant’s
home and stabbing him. M maintained that he had remained outside the premises, unaware of
what had occurred inside. M had the complainant’s blood on his trainer. M acquitted.
R v N – (Snaresbrook) Possession of firearm with intent to endanger life – Complainant claimed N had come
to his house and threatened him with the gun. Police took a statement from N’s ex-partner in
which she claimed that around the time of the offence N had turned up at her house and showed
her a gun. She refused to attend court to give evidence. Crown allowed to read her statement
under hearsay provisions. N acquitted.
R v W-E – (Southampton) Aggravated burglary – Defendants broke into drug dealing victim’s home before
beating him with baseball bats and incapacitating him with CS gas. Two defendants leapt from
fourth storey window on arrival of the police.
R v G – (Sheffield) Kidnap, false imprisonment, possession of firearms, money laundering – Leading
counsel representing the main defendant accused of kidnapping a heroin addict at gun point
over the alleged loss of £30,000 of heroin.
R v H – (Winchester) Conspiracy to rob – H accused of conspiracy to commit a series of armed robberies
throughout south west England.
R v M – (Wood Green) Violent disorder – 14-handed violent disorder where defendants accused of being part
of a gang which started the riots in Tottenham in August 2011 following the fatal shooting of