R v ED, Central Criminal Court  – Secured a unanimous acquittal to both counts of attempted murder and s18 GBH. The Crown alleged that following a domestic dispute, the defendant drove onto a pavement crushing his brother against a railing, intending to kill or cause him seriously harm. An independent eye witness gave evidence of the incident and the defendant confessed to police at the scene which was captured on body worn footage. The defendant’s criminal record went before the jury, including domestic assault and malicious communication, whereby he had threatened to kill a family member. Defence raised was that the incident was an accident and the confession was misunderstood.
R v HD, Woolwich Crown Court  – Secured a unanimous acquittal for a charge of drug importation. A grandmother from St Lucia had 2 kilos of cocaine hidden in the lining of her suitcase. She lied to Border Force Officers upon arrival at Gatwick Airport about who had bought her plane ticket, before admitting she had been given a free ticket from a lady she had met only 6 weeks earlier. She was tricked into bringing the suitcase of concealed drugs when the lady asked her to transport a large fruit which wouldn’t fit in her own bag.
R v GK and Others, Harrow Crown Court  – Acted on behalf of a 49 year old mother with a history of trauma. The defendant prevented her son from being recruited into a county lines drugs enterprise by offering to take his place thereby subjecting herself to abuse from her handler. Advancing a Modern Slavery defence, the jury unanimously acquitted Mandisa’s client of supplying wholesale kilo amounts of cocaine.
R v LH and Others, Wood Green Crown Court  – Acted as junior alone in a multi-handed conspiracy involving the importation and onward distribution of 24kg of cocaine. The jury unanimously acquitted Mandisa’s client before deliberating for a further two days to return verdicts on the remaining defendants.
R v AA and Others, Nottingham Crown Court  – Acted as junior alone on a multi-handed case of child grooming. Mandisa secured an acquittal on all 6 counts of grooming and inciting a 13-year-old to engage in sexual activity.
R v MA and Another, Oxford Crown Court  – Acted as junior alone in a two-handed attempted robbery. Two Black school boys were accused of attempting a street robbery of an Oxford University Lecturer. The boys denied the offences, explaining that they were racially abused by the lecturer before being falsely accused. Mandisa secured the acquittal of her client.
R v NW and Others, Derby Crown Court  – Acted as a junior alone in a multi-handed large scale class A drugs conspiracy. NW pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy acting as a trusted courier and handling and packaging the drugs. Mandisa secured a suspended sentence for NW arguing that the court should take a ‘gender informed approach’ to sentence when advancing extensive mitigation of her history of domestic abuse.
R v ZQ and Others, Leicester Crown Court  – Acted as leading counsel in a multi-handed conspiracy to import and supply class A and B drugs based in the Midlands and the North of England. The prosecution case suggested multiple hundreds of kilos of cocaine and class B drugs were imported into the UK from The Netherlands and distributed in the Midlands. The conspiracy ran into hundreds of millions of pounds and involved upwards of 20 defendants over 4 trials. ZQ was tried in the first trial with 5 others. Mandisa secured the only acquittal on the indictment when ZQ was found Not Guilty of the wholesale supply of cocaine.
R v KAGK and Others, Southwark Crown Court  – Acted as junior alone on a multi-handed £1.8m fraud conspiracy involving NatWest bank staff. The defendants were alleged to be working with members of the public to amend customer addresses where new bankcards would be sent and fraudulent transactions would take place. Through cross-examination, Mandisa exposed information which led to the Senior NatWest Bank Investigator carrying out the investigation of the case, being interviewed under police caution for perverting the course of justice. The trial concluded when all defendants were acquitted following a successful application to stay the proceeding for an abuse of process.
R v KB and Others, Inner London Crown Court  – Acted as junior alone on a multi-handed kidnap and false imprisonment trial. 3 defendants aged 18, 19 and 22 were involved in drug dealing and gang life which led to the offences being committed. The kidnap and false imprisonment involved assault and humiliation of the victim. Mandisa acted for the oldest defendant. When sentenced, extensive mitigation was advanced and principles of youth justice were applied resulting in KB being sentenced in line with his much younger co-defendants, receiving a sentence considerably lower than the authorities supported.
R v CC and Others, Nottingham Crown Court  – Acted as junior alone for the first defendant on a multi-handed sex trafficking and slavery case lasting three months. This was one of the earliest cases charged under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and subsequently one of the first to be sentenced under the new provisions. CC was the head of a Hungarian family trafficking prostitutes from Hungary to the UK to work in brothels situated in the Midlands and the North of England. He pleaded guilty to the trafficking charges but contested charges of slavery involving a Hungarian man. The jury found mixed verdicts against him.
R v YK and Others, Blackfriars Crown Court  – Acted as junior alone in a high profile multi-handed aggravated burglary conspiracy where the defendants used guns, knives and hammers when targeting 17 mobile phone stores across London. Mandisa secured the only acquittal on the indictment when YK was found Not Guilty of handling stolen goods obtained from the burglaries.