Notable Crime cases
Murder and Attempted Murder
R v Joshua Folurunso  Central Criminal Court
Instructed as junior alone on charges of assisting an offender following targeted gang related ‘execution.’
Coverage: BBC News.
R v Erroll Hanson  Southwark Crown Court
Led by Queen’s Counsel in murder trial. The defendant was a man of good character, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, who stabbed a burglar over fifty times. Acquitted of both murder and manslaughter. The case received significant media attention.
Coverage: The Times (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/homeowner-errol-hanson-who-stabbed-burglar-50-times-is-cleared-of-murder-b203hcwzf), The Mirror – (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/homeowner-who-stabbed-burglar-more-11725255), The Daily Mail – (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5197493/Homeowner-killed-drunk-burglar-cleared-murder.html).
R v Ullah  Leeds Crown Court
Junior counsel for second defendant in murder trial involving double shooting of two brothers.
R v Ronald Edwards  Chelmsford Crown Court
Led junior in murder trial. The defendant, a man of 65 and of previous good character, stabbed his long term partner twelve times. Acquitted of murder.
R v Whyte  Court of Appeal Criminal Division
Led junior on appeal against conviction for murder in gang related shooting. Complicated issues raised in respect of Crown’s simultaneous application to quash a co defendant’s acquittal. Appeal allowed.
R v JM  Northampton Crown Court
Instructed to represent defendant charged with attempted murder and possession of firearm in allegation of gang related violence.
R v EN  Inner London Crown Court
Young man with learning difficulties caught with 1kg of heroin and charged with possession with intent to supply. Acquitted after trial.
R v Giorgio Dikila  Inner London Crown Court
Young man acquitted after trial of possession of multiple firearms with intent to endanger life.
R v John Dawson and others  Southend Crown Court
Defendant charged together with others with s18 GBH following a break in into a block of flats and stabbing of a young man in a case of mistaken identity. Defendant was alone in being acquitted of s18 after trial. He received 15 months for a s20 offence; the other defendants were sentenced to 5 and 6 and a half years respectively.
Operation Unsafe  Chelmsford Crown Court
Led junior in allegation of importation of over £8million of amphetamine oil.
R v Mubasher Iqbal  Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court
Instructed in eleven handed allegation of conspiracy to launder proceeds of crime. The Crown’s case is that the members of an extended family have sought to conceal the proceeds of drug trafficking and other offences by purchasing properties and transferring them from one family member to another. Listed for 8-week trial.
R v Usman and others  Bradford Crown Court
Led junior in conspiracy to supply heroin across the North East.
R v JF  Portsmouth Crown Court
Defendant charged with sexually assaulting three of his daughters’ friends; all of whom gave evidence against him. Acquitted of all counts.