Notable Crime cases
R v C [Kingston Crown Court]
Eight-month sentence suspended for 18 months for a defendant convicted of seven counts of indecent/prohibited images of a child, including of category A.
R v AC [Croydon Crown Court]
44-month sentence for defendant convicted of indecent images counts (circa 1,000 Class A moving images of children from 2-4 years old) and multiple breaches of an SHPO. Defendant had previous for indecent images and child sexual abuse and had received prior sentences of immediate imprisonment.
R v AB [Ealing Youth Court]
Youth accused of theft, wherein he was said to have threatened an adult male at night in a park with a knife. Successfully made bad character application in relation to complainant, adducing his previous conviction for rape on the basis that he was not “worthy of belief”. Defendant acquitted after trial.
R v A [Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court]
Vulnerable defendant acquitted of all three counts of criminal damage despite evidence from a “credible witness”.
R v AA [Thames Magistrates’ Court]
Secured bail for client charged with s. 18 and possession of an offensive weapon where it was accepted they had knowingly evaded police following the incident, had refused to provide a bail address to police on arrest and could not provide an address suitable for a tagged curfew.
R v B [Ealing Magistrates’ Court]
Defendant acquitted of failing to provide a specimen of breath, following cross examination of Custody Sergeant on the failure to have an appropriate adult in attendance prior to the procedure. Court persuaded that this was a PACE breach and allowed a s. 78 application.
R v BA [Westminster Magistrates’ Court]
Eight-week suspended sentence for defendant convicted of affray, in which he had smashed a bottle and used it to threaten numerous bar and security staff.
R v BB [Colchester Magistrates’ Court]
Court persuaded not to apply “hate crime” uplift in relation to numerous voicemails referring to foreigners “invading our country” and phrases such as “do I have to go over to France in my f****** dinghy and come over that way to get a f****** house?” on the basis that the defendant was not motivated by hostility based on race.
R v AD [Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court]
Client acquitted of two public order charges after trial in case where two police officers gave evidence that they saw the defendant approach a group in a threatening manner with a tyre iron.