Kevin Metzger has won a judicial review application in Sierra Leone in which the General Legal Council (the body responsible for admitting and supervising legal practitioners in Sierra Leone). Justice Showers, a Supreme Court Judge, sitting in the High Court, ruled that the General Legal Council had abused its power in considering the application in question, carrying our several procedural irregularities which could not be overlooked by the court. An order for certiorari was granted, quashing the decision not to admit the applicant. Costs were awarded in the Applicant’s favour.
Stephen Akinsanya successfully represented a man charged with the murder of Myron Yarde, an aspiring musician and ‘grime artist’ following a disagreement in the New Cross area. The trial lasted three months and included the testimony of a cell mate who maintained that the defendant had confessed to the murder when they shared a cell. All defendants were unanimously acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter. Stephen was led by Icah Peart QC from Garden Court Chambers.
Stephen Akinsanya successfully represented a 13 year old charged with attempted murder. Despite early pleas to grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon at Croydon Court the prosecution remained adamant that the case of attempted murder must continue against this youth because of the stance taken by the older co-defendant. The question of intent to kill was left to the jury following the defendant giving evidence and defence closing speech. The defendant was unanimously acquitted of attempted murder.
Brereton Horne has successfully defended a man at Woolwich Crown Court, who was charged with Disclosing private sexual photographs with intent to cause distress, contrary to section 33(1) and (9) of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. This is a relatively new offence in law.
The defendant was said to have disclosed private sexual photographs of his ex-partner, with intent to cause her distress. The trial lasted for three days and after deliberating for less than half an hour the jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty.
Brereton Horne has successfully defended a man, at Inner London Crown Court, charged with offering to supply Class A drugs, Cocaine and MDMA, to plain clothes police offers in Soho, London.
The defendant was said to have approached four officers, in plain clothes, and offered to supply them with Class A drugs. Three of the four officers gave live evidence in the three day trial.
After deliberating for 5 hours and 22 minutes the jury found the defendant Not Guilty.
Shannon Revel has successfully argued against the forfeiture of cash seized at Heathrow Airport under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and secured an order for the return of the cash to her client.
The Respondent was stopped at Heathrow Airport in 2015 having failed to declare $22,131 and €10,586 in cash hidden in a magazine in his carry on luggage. The cash was seized and the Commissioner applied for forfeiture of the cash on the basis that it was the product of or intended for criminal activity, namely money laundering.
Shannon cross examined the case officer on failings in the investigation into the source of the cash. Shannon successfully argued that the no inference of money laundering should be drawn from lies told about the existence of the funds in light of a clear explanation given about the source and destination of the cash. The respondent will now have his cash returned, along with the interest accrued since seizure as compensation
Jennifer Oborne prosecuted a case involving a 73 year old pensioner who walked into the Sevenoaks branch of Santander with a false “explosive device”. He handed a note to the cashier demanding that notes from the bank are left in an alleyway behind the store.
He was today found guilty of blackmail, driving whilst disqualified and taking a vehicle without consent. He will be sentenced in November.
Laura Herbert’s submissions described by Mr Justice Cranston as ‘cogent and attractive’.
Acting for the appellant in a case stated at the High Court arguing to prevent extension of admissibility of res gestae evidence (999 call), distinguishing Barnaby v DPP  EWHC 232 (Admin).
Shannon Revel has successfully secured the acquittal of a man charged with assaulting a police officer with intent to resist arrest following a 4 day trial at Harrow Crown Court.
The defendant was charged with causing an injury to the foot of the police officer whilst resisting arrest in an aggressive rage. Mr Stewart had been CS gassed and suffered multiple injuries at the hands of the police officers including a punctured lung and broken rib. Shannon cross examined the officers, advancing that they had fabricated and exaggerated evidence in order to justify their own brutality against the Defendant.
The jury returned a not guilty verdict after deliberating for 1hr 45 mins
Shannon Revel successfully prosecutes in an appeal against a destruction order in relation to 2 dangerous dogs after an attack on a trio of 12 year old boys.
One of the boys spent 4 nights in Southampton General Hospital and needed a walking frame and wheelchair whilst in recovery, all three have recently been commended for their bravery at the Police Awards Ceremony.
Shannon Revel explained to the court that this was not the first time that the dogs had escaped and a concern for future attacks was raised. The Judge dismissed the appeal and the destruction order was upheld.