Rebecca has a very strong criminal practice and undertakes work in all areas of criminal law including murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous / careless driving, serious violence, sexual offences (including rape and possession of indecent images), drugs, fraud and arson.
Rebecca has been instructed as leading junior and has been led on many occasions. She is often involved in multi handed cases and has particular experience in questioning expert witnesses. She also has regular instructions in cases involving vulnerable clients and witnesses, including those who need intermediaries, and those who are very young or mentally unwell.
Notable Crime cases
Fatal and Serious Violence
R v RB  Lewes CC
Sole counsel, RB was charged with the attempted murder of his wife, by attempting to smother her and then kill himself. After successfully having RB transferred from prison to hospital the CPS were persuaded to stop the case against RB.
R v TW  Croydon CC
TW was charged with s18 GBH by allegedly stabbing another male in the face. TW disputed the identification evidence, and although the application to dismiss did not succeed the Prosecution offered no evidence shortly afterwards based on those submissions.
R v JB  Lewes CC
Junior counsel, JB was charged with other with murder, after having attended a rural location in a bid to steal cannabis. The Prosecution were persuaded to drop the count of murder and accept a plea to conspiracy to steal.
R v LK  Portsmouth CC
LK was charged with s18 GBH having punched a take away owner causing him to fall and sustain serious head injuries. The CPS eventually accepted a plea to section 20 GBH.
R v CB  Lewes CC
CB was charged with 7 counts of child cruelty. The police attended the home address and discovered some of the children and a large number of dogs in a house which was filled with faeces and mouldy food. The children had suffered significant physical and mental trauma from the conditions they had been kept in.
R v GM  Hove CC
Sole counsel, GM was charged with the attempted murder of his wife by striking a number of blows to her head with a hammer in their home. GM had a significant medical history and a number of expert reports were obtained, He was found unfit to plead and a trial of the act took place. GM was made subject to a hospital order.
R v MB  Winchester CC
Sole counsel, MB pleaded guilty to manslaughter, having caused the death of his infant son 4 years before by shaking him. The Prosecution appealed the sentence imposed as unduly lenient.
R v KN  Lewes Crown Court
KN was charged with attempted murder. He stabbed his partner multiple times before being restrained until the police arrived. After representations were made to the Prosecution a plea to section 18 wounding was accepted.
R v KC  Hove Crown Court
KC was charged with another of cruelty to a child. The defendants blamed each other. This case involved consideration of voluminous disclosure from the family court proceedings, as well as third party material.
R v AW  Portsmouth Crown Court
Junior Counsel, AW was charged with the murder of a neighbour by setting him on fire. The 2 men were in a dispute over money when the attack occurred outside the victim’s home. AW denied that he had intended really serious harm.
R v NS  Chichester Crown Court
NS was accused of stabbing his on/off partner and then threatening to kill her. He denied that he had injured her at all, and stated that she had caused the injuries to herself.
R v CC (2021) Lewes Crown Court
Junior counsel, CC was accused of murdering his girlfriend whilst they were on a camping trip. There was no ascertainable cause of death.
R v JB  Hove Crown Court
JB was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent (stabbing) with others, although he was tried alone.
R v WM  Brighton Crown Court
Junior Counsel – WM was charged with murdering his partner at her home during lockdown.
R v LH  Lewes Crown Court
Leading counsel for LH who was charged with attempted murder of his partner in her home.
R v TH  Hove Crown Court
Leading counsel on an attempted murder, involving 5 co-defendants, acting for the first defendant.
R v MJ  Brighton Crown Court
MJ was charged with throwing ammonia in the face of his ex-partner, and associated offences of violence against her.
R v JW  Hove Crown Court
JW was charged with transferring a firearm and ammunition, linked to a conspiracy to murder over a drug debt.
R v JE  Lewes Crown Court
JE was charged with 3 others with s18 GBH on an inmate when they were all housed at HMP Lewes.
R v AK  Lewes Crown Court
Sole counsel, AK murdered his landlord after an argument between them at home.
R v JB  Hove Crown Court
Junior counsel on a multi handed murder of an antiques dealer who had been tortured in order to locate a diamond.
R v SJ  Lewes Crown Court
Junior counsel on a two handed murder, a stabbing during an arranged fight.
R v DB  Hove Crown Court
Multi handed section 18 which resulted in a quadruple amputation
R v SW  EWCA Crim 1337
Alibi, fabrication of evidence, legal advice privilege, police interviews, rebuttal evidence, waiver (reported)
R v JB  Hove CC
JB was charged with 5 others with the exportation of kilos of class A drugs disguised as beauty products to the USA and Australia. The Prosecution were persuaded to accept a plea to assisting an OCG.
R v SA  Snaresbrook CC
Counsel instructed for a Newton hearing in a case where SA had pleaded guilty to 2 counts of conspiracy to supply over 100 kilos of class A drugs as part of a gang over a period of 4 years.
R v DM  Maidstone CC
DM pleaded guilty on a basis to being concerned in the supply of cannabis and production of cannabis, after a large farm was discovered on the land he lived on.
R v KO  Lewes CC
KO was charged with others with conspiracy to supply class A drugs. A lengthy delay between her plea and sentence led to submissions that she should not be sent to prison, and a suspended sentence was imposed.
R V JP  Lewes Crown Court
JP was alleged to be involved in a drugs conspiracy by providing logistical support to a gang by hiring vehicles for them. JP denied that he had any involvement in the supply of drugs, but accepted being a user who purchased from those involved. Careful analysis of the phone evidence led the Prosecution to offer to evidence.
R V SG  Portsmouth Crown Court
SG denied being involved in supplying drugs despite being found in a car where drugs were present, with her boyfriend who pleaded guilty. After serving a detailed defence statement the Prosecution offered no evidence.
R V IC  Guildford Crown Court
IC admitted supplying class A drugs for a second time. Careful mitigation ensured he was sentenced to a lesser term of imprisonment than suggested by the Guideline. POCA proceedings followed, where the Prosecution accepted submissions on the assets and available amount, lowering both figures significantly.
R V KD  Lewes Crown Court
KD admitted her role in a large drug supply. Due to careful representations on her role in the offence, and the reasons behind her involvement she was sentenced to a shorter term of imprisonment and the Prosecution were persuaded to discontinue POCA proceedings against her.
R V JD
JD admitted being involved in a year long conspiracy to supply class A drugs with others. Despite his late guilty plea he was sentenced to a term of imprisonment that the Attorney General referred to the Court of Appeal. The Court refused the application to increase the sentence and found that it was not unduly lenient.
R v IE  Lewes Crown Court
IE admitted her role in a conspiracy to supply drugs on a basis at an early stage. The Prosecution were persuaded to accept this and as a result she was sentenced at a much lower level than was suggested at the outset.
R v JM  Lewes Crown Court
JM was charged with supplying class A drugs to his girlfriend, who subsequently died as a result of taking them.
R v SH  Lewes Crown Court
SH was charged with 2 others with running an industrial style cannabis factory in a shed in her garden.
R v TM  Lewes Crown Court
Importation of 1.8 tonnes of cannabis from South Africa, defendant with serious mental health issues.
R v WB  Lewes Crown Court
WB was accused of publishing an obscene article based on WhatsApp communications that were sent to the NCA by an anonymous source. Representations were made to the Prosecution resulting in them offering no evidence.
R v KR  Lewes Crown Court
KR is a doctor who admitted sexually assaulting a co worker on duty. Having heard full mitigation KR was made subject to a community order.
R v ST  Hove Crown Court
ST was accused of failing to comply with notification requirements on release from prison. He denied that he had been informed of them and staff from the prison were cross examined to this effect.
R v JM  Lewes Crown Court
Defended JM who was charged with sexual offences against 2 strangers on the same night.
R v AH  Hove Crown Court
AH was charged with rape, sexual assault, and threats to kill in a domestic setting. A detailed section 41 application had to be made.
R V PH  Hove Crown Court
PH was accused with another of allowing her children to be sexually abused and performing sexual acts in front of them.
R v GA  Lewes Crown Court
Leading junior in a multi defendant, multi count, rape indictment likened to the Rotherham grooming case.
R v SSH  Portsmouth CC
Leading junior in a two handed trial where SSH was charged with holding her husband in modern slavery by neglecting his care needs, limiting the occasions he was taken out of the house, and controlling the contact he had with others over a 4 year period. This Prosecution was the first of its kind. SSH was also charged with aiding and abetting a care worker, theft and fraud.