R v JW & CC Central Criminal Court 2020
Led Junior in a two-handed case of attempted murder. The two defendants are accused of planning an attack on the ex-partner of the second defendant, which was executed by the first defendant. The second defendant is said to have lured the victim to a specific location, where the first defendant set upon him with a baseball bat, causing life-threatening injuries. Case ongoing.
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; constituting 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. The case is predominantly based on CCTV material and is ongoing.
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 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 PK, JK, BP, LS, TT, PZ & DJ Kingston Crown Court 2019
Led Junior Counsel 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 TO Peterborough Crown Court 2019
Defence Counsel for a defendant charged with county lines possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. The defendant was said to have ‘cuckooed’ a crack-cocaine addict, who was controlled with a blow torch and drugs at her home address in Cambridgeshire. The trial involved a co-defendant turning Queen’s Evidence, voluminous cell site data, DNA and ANPR evidence.
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. The defendant was identified through DNA and cell site evidence, with further witness evidence called in rebuttal of a defence raised in evidence. The defendant was convicted after trial.
R v BH Central Criminal Court 2018
Secured the unanimous acquittal of a young female charged with six counts of possessing articles for use in fraud. The defendant had been using false credit cards in her own name. The defendant had been exploited by a group purporting to be a modelling agency, who had given her the articles under the agreement that she would make purchases for what she believed to be a music video.
R v CT Central Criminal Court 2018
Secured the unanimous acquittal of a male accused of using a pole to strike two males from behind to the head, causing them to both fall unconscious. All conduct was shown on CCTV and accepted, with the defence being one of reasonable self-defence following preceding incidents that had occurred off camera. Not shown on the footage was that the males had been armed with shards of glass taken from a window they had smashed at the defendant’s home address.
R v SG Inner London Crown Court 2018
Secured the acquittal of a young man accused of instigating a large violent disorder captured on CCTV. The defendant was one of five facing trial, running the defence of no participation/self-defence. The defendant’s brother had been harmed earlier in the day by a male who was then confronted by the defendant; thereafter a disturbance took place. The jury were directed to acquit following a successful submission of no case to answer.
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.