Murder & serious violence
R v AG Central Criminal Court 2021
Led Junior to Queen’s Counsel in a multi-handed allegation of gangland murder. Ongoing.
R v JW & CC Central Criminal Court 2020
Led Junior for the Crown in a two-handed case of attempted murder. Both defendants convicted of lesser offences after 7-week trial.
R v ZH Wood Green Crown Court 2020
Defence counsel for the second defendant accused of gangland/drug related kidnapping, false imprisonment and violence offences. Acquitted following defence representations regarding unauthorised surveillance activity & arising disclosure inadequacies.
R v MP, SM, DS, KT & AP Isleworth Crown Court 2020
Instructed as junior alone in a case involving a large violent disorder that took place on New Years’ Eve between two groups forming a disorder of 40+ patrons. The defendant group are said to have been ejected by the venue, whereupon they telephoned for others to attend the scene with weapons and attacked the group of security staff. One man was seriously injured in the melee and left with life threatening injuries. Case ongoing.
R v JH Isleworth Crown Court 2019
Junior alone for the Crown in a case involving two counts of s.18 GBH with intent, and one count of aggravated burglary. The defendant was one of four masked men who burst into a property in north London and stabbed a middle-aged female eight times and her partner twice, whilst demanding money from the occupants. Defendant convicted after trial.
R v PK, JK, BP, LS, TT, PZ & DJ Kingston Crown Court 2019
Led Junior for the Crown in the prosecution of seven members of the Hell’s Angels and Red Devils motorcycle clubs based in Slough. The investigation, codenamed ‘Operation Creak’ concerned a planned attack on a rival motorcycle club in Surrey, which was demonstrated through evidence involving cell site (RF) data, DNA, blood spatter, co-location, ANPR, phone contact, social media and internet searches. The Hell’s Angels and Red Devils ‘prospect’ members travelled from Slough to Surrey armed with weapons, nitrile gloves and masks. Seven victims belonging to the rival motorcycle club were set upon by 13 masked men, stabbed multiple times and left with life threatening injuries. All defendants were convicted after an 8-week trial.
R v YA Southwark Crown Court 2020
Counsel in a case involving possession of an imitation firearm with criminal intent and a series of bank robberies. The defendant was accused of entering various banks on King’s Road and producing an imitation firearm with a demand note, which were later on his person upon arrest with a list of further banks to be targeted.
R v EN Central Criminal Court 2019
Secured the unanimous acquittal of a young man on an indictment containing five counts of possession of firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life. Two shotguns were found loaded with live ammunition at a storage cupboard following the execution of a firearms warrant in Edmonton. The Crown’s case was based on fingerprint evidence from the cupboard and packaging around the firearms, alongside DNA from the muzzle of one of the shotguns. The defence was one of no possession and secondary transfer of DNA.
R v LG Snaresbrook Crown Court 2019
Secured a suspended sentence for a young female charged with possession of a firearm. The defendant had been in possession of a sawn-off shotgun for 7 days following a drug dealer placing it into her possession under the understanding it was a package of drugs. She found out it was a firearm a few days before her arrest. The defendant was found in a state of intoxication with the firearm on the street. Following submissions made prior to the PTPH as to exceptional circumstances, the defendant was granted bail, pleaded guilty and the mandatory minimum 5-year sentence was not applied. The defendant received a suspended sentence following a written ruling on exceptional circumstances.
Fraud/ Money Laundering/Forfeiture of Cash
R v S & S Isleworth Crown Court 2021
Led Junior in two-handed case of fraud by false representation involving international property developments. Ongoing.
R v JD Isleworth Crown Court 2021
Junior alone in a case involving a number of frauds committed through the diversion of funds by an accountant over representing tax figures due to HMRC totalling over £500,000.
R v EJ, DJ, ZU, MS & RU Southwark Crown Court 2020
Led Junior for the Crown in the successful prosecution of five members of a Lithuanian OCG responsible for smuggling over 58 million cigarettes into the UK over a 7-month period, codenamed ‘Operation Appletree’. The total value of duty evaded was over £14.7 million.
R v KV Woolwich Crown Court 2019
Represented the Defendant in confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Successfully argued on legal submissions to reduce the benefit figure from the Fraud by £450,000 and further on factual submissions using expert evidence to achieve settlement at under £100,000. The original benefit figure had been just under £800,000.
R v KH and WH Isleworth Crown Court 2018
Defence Counsel for the first defendant mother charged with 9 counts of cruelty to a child under 16. Following careful cross-examination of the child witness, the first defendant was acquitted by the jury of all physical assault charges alleged.