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.
Notable Crime cases
Crown Court and Magistrates' Court
R v AB  Reading Crown Court
Secured a suspended sentence for client who pleaded guilty to a joint enterprise burglary, which involved the client climbing through the complainant’s window at night and threatening him with a knife before stealing money. Persuaded the court not to impose immediate custody by highlighting the significant rehabilitative steps taken by the client to address his long history of drug related offending, including abstinence for three years and being described as the “only true success story” by a drugs and alcohol support service. The Judge in her reasons described this as an “exceptional case”.
R v DS  Peterborough Crown Court
Secured an acquittal for a client of good character accused of GBH. Following the complainant’s evidence-in-chief, which wholly undermined the prosecution’s case, and in advance of any cross-examination, Shekyena made submissions before half time which left the prosecution no choice but to offer no evidence. As a result, the jury were directed to return a verdict of not guilty and the client maintains his good character.
R v AD  Hove Crown Court
Secured a suspended sentence for client who pleaded guilty to ABH for strangling his ex-partner in the presence of their child. Persuaded the court that there was significant mitigation and exceptional circumstances which meant that immediate custody should not be imposed in line with the Court of Appeal’s guidance on offences involving intentional strangulation in R v Cooke  EWCA Crim 452.
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 CB  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 PS  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 DK  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 CF  Bristol Magistrates Court
Secured an acquittal for an Extinction Rebellion protestor who obstructed the highway by sitting in the way of traffic.
R v KH  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 RS  Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court
Secured acquittal for assault by beating and criminal damage.
R v RF  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 CF  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 AW  Guildford Crown Court
Secured acquittal for youth client accused of possession of a firearm during joint enterprise armed robbery. The jury found the client not guilty of possessing a firearm alleged to have been used during the robbery of a car. In addition, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the robbery, which led to the prosecution offering no evidence on the robbery. The not guilty verdict was returned on the client’s 16th birthday.
R v AS  Croydon Crown Court
Successfully appealed against sentence where a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) was imposed on conviction. Argued that the CBO was procedurally illegal as the application was made by the police rather than the CPS as required by law.
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.