Notable Crime cases
R v R - Luton Crown Court 
Secured a short suspended sentence for HGV driver charged with an incident described by the judge as the “height of careless driving”. The victim spent 4 months in hospital and was left with permanent life-changing injuries.
R v R - Winchester Crown Court 
Secured suspended sentence for defendant involved in a serious violent disorder offence. R and others knocked the complainant out cold outside his room, and continued to punch and kick them for several minutes while they were unconscious.
R v Z - Medway Youth Court 
Secured acquittal on modern slavery grounds for defendant charged with a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. The Crown relied on, among other things, drill evidence to rebut his defence of debt bondage and exploitation. Joseph successfully resisted a bad character application concerning Z’s alleged involvement in a gang-related revenge ride-out, where a shotgun had been fired at rival gang-members at several locations. Officers were cross-examined on the typology of county lines exploitation which was found to be consistent with Z’s account.
R v B - Staines Magistrates’ Court 
B was accused of calling his partner in breach of a restraining order. Joseph successfully resisted an application to admit like offences as bad character. B was acquitted after the investigating officer was cross-examined on investigatory failings.
R v O - Peterborough Magistrates’ Court 
O was seen on CCTV assaulting a prison officer when she attempted to restrain him. Proceedings were discontinued after Joseph drafted a defence statement, identifying excessive restraint and breaches of the relevant prison service order.
R v E - Stratford Magistrates’ Court 
E was charged with public order offences that took place at a football match and were caught on body-worn video. The matter was discontinued after Joseph raised disclosure failings. An application for a football banning order was also withdrawn.
Police v H - Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court [2023)
Application for stalking protection withdrawn after Joseph prepared a skeleton argument which raised the collateral attack principle.
Police v P - Croydon Magistrates’ Court [2023)
Successfully represented a police force in an application by P for the return of a significant sum of cash under s.1 of the Police (Property) Act 1897. Joseph persuaded the court that the application was premature and that the magistrates’ court was an inappropriate vehicle to resolve complex issues of ownership.