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Kevin Metzger has won a judicial review application

December 2016

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

December 2016

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.

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Stephen Akinsanya successfully represented a 13 year old charged with attempted murder.

December 2016

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.