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Shekyena regularly defends a broad range of offences such as violence including domestic abuse, animal cruelty, road traffic, public order, drugs, and weapons in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth courts.
Magistrates’ and Crown Court
R v RK  Oxford Crown Court
Successfully appealed the conviction and sentence of a taxi driver who originally received a suspended sentence and 29 month disqualification for driving offences. Identified case law to support the client’s case that his limited English amounted to a reasonable excuse. The court sought to adjourn the appeal due to the absence of prosecution counsel and were persuaded to refuse the adjournment, and consequently allowed the appeal.
R v LMS  Stratford Magistrates Court
Secured an acquittal for a vulnerable client with mental health conditions accused of making homophobic comments to a stranger.
R v BB  Stevenage Magistrates Court
Secured a conditional discharge for client who pleaded guilty to criminal damage caused in a road rage incident.
R v SC  Ealing Magistrates Court
Fearlessly represented a vulnerable client charged with Burglary in relation to £10 and attempted burglary in relation to same complainant, where the client was willing to plead to the overcharged offences and faced a starting point of 3 years’ imprisonment. Successfully negotiated a plea to the lesser offences of theft and violence to secure entry which resulted in the client avoiding imprisonment and sentenced to a standalone compensation order of £50 for each offence.
R v BA  Westminster Magistrates Court
Secured an acquittal for a law student accused of battery.
R v SS  Oxford Magistrates Court
Successfully resisted an application to adjourn resulting in the Crown offering no evidence and the case being dismissed.
R v AS  Oxford Magistrates Court
Secured an acquittal for a fisherman accused of possession of bladed article by successfully proving the defence of good reason. Persuaded the court that the client was on a fishing trip and that the knife was a credible fishing tool and therefore he had lawful excuse for possession.
R v IA  Wimbledon Magistrates Court
Secured a non-custodial sentence for a vulnerable client who pleaded guilty to possession of firearms which were found at his property as a result of developing an interest in guns to combat his declining mental health and loneliness during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
R v B  Croydon Magistrates Court
Secured an acquittal for a client accused of criminal damage against his sibling’s property where identification was in issue.
R v S  Inner London Crown Court
Secured a unanimous acquittal for a client accused of making an arson threat against his ex-partner who was an arson victim.
R v K  Kings Lynn Magistrates Court
Secured a suspended sentence for a client who pleaded guilty to five counts of assault of an emergency worker, threatening behaviour, criminal damage and failure to leave land being used for an illegal rave.
R v F  Bristol Magistrates Court
Secured an acquittal for an Extinction Rebellion protestor who obstructed the highway by sitting in the way of traffic.
R v H  Willesden Magistrates Court
Secured acquittal for a client accused of domestic assault against his son with supporting evidence given by his estranged wife and daughter-in-law.
R v S  Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court
Secured acquittal for assault by beating and criminal damage.
R v F  Wimbledon Magistrates Court
Successfully made a submission of no case to answer for a client accused of a section 4 public order offence.
R v F  Southend Magistrates Court
Secured an acquittal for one count of ABH and successfully made a submission of no case to answer on three counts of ABH for a client accused of strangulation during intercourse and other domestic incidents.
R v AS  Croydon Crown Court
Appeal against sentence where a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) was imposed on conviction. Argued that the order was procedurally illegal as the application was made by the police rather than the CPS as required by law. Appeal allowed.
R v BS  Uxbridge Youth Court
Represented a youth in a 5-handed robbery trial where the Crown relied on CCTV and identification by a police officer that placed the client at the scene, which he accepted at interview. The questionable quality of the CCTV and the officer’s flawed investigation of the case resulted in the Crown offering no evidence mid-trial.
R v TCP  Bromley Youth Court
Avoided mandatory custody for second strike bladed article offence.
Metropolitan Police v K 
Successfully applied for a Stalking Protection Order following a lengthy and detailed legal argument about the purpose and necessity of the order.
Shekyena has extensive experience in Regulatory law and Professional Discipline. She has years of experience having previously worked at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Financial Ombudsman Service, and the Adjudicator’s Office (HM Revenue & Customs).
Case involving two sets of allegations in 2017 and 2019 whereby a senior nurse had repeatedly made medication errors and put patients at harm at numerous places of employment over a number of years which resulted in her being dismissed each time. The registrant then sought new employment on several occasions where she dishonestly and intentionally failed to disclose her dismissals and history of medication errors during the application process, having received an NMC caution for the same in 2017. This resulted in a striking off order.
NMC v BC 
Successfully opposed a complex hearsay argument by persuading the panel that the hearsay evidence was not sole and decisive. The NMC sought to rely on the hearsay evidence of Patient X (who was allegedly abused by the registrant) and Patient Y (who overheard the alleged incident). This hearsay evidence was corroborated by one witness who only overheard the alleged incident. The case involved a registrant accused of falsifying patient records, dishonesty concerns, and physical and verbal abuse of a vulnerable patient.
NMC v AM 
Complex case involving dishonesty allegations whereby the NMC relied on the evidence of a witness with a finding of dishonesty against them. The case involved a registrant accused of concealing a patient error where he and a Consultant Anaesthetist had administered anaesthetic for a nerve block procedure on the wrong side of the patient. The key witness for the NMC was the Consultant Anaesthetist, who had been suspended for 4 weeks for admitting dishonesty and the same factual allegation at his regulator’s fitness to practice hearing. This raised issues with the credibility of the witness, however it was argued that the witness was credible in this case as he had self-reported the incident to the Trust and had been open and honest by way of his full admission during his regulatory proceedings.
NMC v SP 
Successfully opposed a lengthy legal argument on a submission of no case to answer. The case involved a senior nurse accused of sexual harassment and breaching professional boundaries with a patient and colleagues. The allegations related to the registrant allegedly abusing his position as a nurse to contact a young female patient that he had cared for, via social media. The alleged conduct also involved the registrant, who was in his mid-30s, pursuing very junior female colleagues that were students and apprentices, one as young as 17, by reading their name badges and searching for them on social media in order to instigate a sexual relationship.
NMC v TS 
Complex case involving a registrant accused of numerous medication errors, failing to properly respond to an emergency where the resident later died, and having a lack of the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely. The registrant’s representative withdrew during the hearing which caused difficulties as the registrant was now unrepresented and it was important to ensure she continued to have a fair hearing by raising points, where appropriate, that might have been if she still had legal representation.
Bar Professional Training Course (LLM): Very Competent (Distinction)
BPP Law School, London
Law, LLB: First Class Honours
Nottingham Trent University
The Honourable Society of Inner Temple
The Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
Women in Criminal Law (WICL)
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA)
Criminal Bar Association Bursary Prize (2021)
Marshall Hall Trust Pupillage Award (2020)
Inner Temple Cumberland Lodge Residential Weekend Bursary for advocacy training on Public Inquiries (2018)
BPP bursary for demonstrating potential to excel on the course and at the Bar (2018)
Inner Temple Exhibition Award (2018)
Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Award (2018)
Grade 1 CPS Panel Advocate
NMC advocacy training (2021)
YJLC youth justice training (2021)
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