Nick Beechey secures the acquittal of his client who was charged with s18 causing serious bodily harm
Instructed by JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors, Nick Beechey secures the acquittal of his client who was charged with s18 causing serious bodily harm with intent to resist lawful apprehension.
It was alleged that the defendant had caused a police officer to suffer a fractured and dislocated ankle during the course of his arrest. On a submission of no case to answer, it was shown that the Crown had not proved that the arrest had been lawful and the jury at St Albans Crown Court were directed to return a not guilty verdict.
Stephen Akinsanya successfully defends an 18 year old young man charged with a conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm
Instructed by Mr Anthony Graham at Amosu Robinshaw Solicitors, Stephen Akinsanya successfully defends an 18 year old young man charged with a conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. It was alleged that he was a co-conspirator in a ‘honey trap’ attack arranged by the co-defendants girlfriend, who was convicted. A Not Guilty verdict came after a 6 day trial at Inner London Crown Court.
Alun Jones QC and Martin Henley, instructed by AM International, have successfully defended in R v KD at the Old Bailey against a charge of murder. This case presented unique circumstances. KD was convicted of murder in 2013, but the Court of Appeal in 2014 quashed the conviction and ordered a retrial. The retrial ended when the jury was discharged at the end of the prosecution case. A third trial in early 2016 ended in a second conviction for murder.
KD was convicted on a joint enterprise basis. However the Supreme Court, in the case of Jogee, found that the law had taken a wrong turn 30 years ago, and that the test is whether the accused had the intention to cause death or serious harm, not foresight.
KD instructed Alun and Martin and in March 2018 a second appeal succeeded on their joint enterprise arguments. Uniquely, a second retrial was more than 5 years after the original trial.
The prosecution accepted a plea to manslaughter in October 2018, having refused such an offer at the Court of Appeal. KD was sentenced to 12 years and 9 months. Having already served 6 years and 2 months he has 2 more months more to serve. Had the 22 year minimum term life sentence, stood, passed after the first conviction, stood he would have had to serve at least a further 15 years.
Instructed by Simon Bethel Solicitors, Stephen Akinsanya successfully defends a young 18 year old man at Woolwich Crown Court, charged with Wounding with intent and unlawful wounding following an incident in Woolwich.
Following a 4 week trial at the Central Criminal Court, Justin Rouse QC and Stephen Akinsanya successfully defend a young 18 year old charged with Manslaughter following the tragic death of Beniamin Pieknyi at Stratford Centre in March 2018. Zvavamwe was one of four defendants charged with Manslaughter.
Instructed by Tuckers Solicitors, David secured an acquittal in an application to dismiss in a multi handed drugs supply case in Isleworth Crown Court. David successfully argued that it would be dangerous to convict in light of relationship and family ties and mere presence and that drug text evidence did not locate the client at that address and time. David relied primarily on the second limb of R v Galbraith.
Chengetai Mupara successfully represented a Nigerian national who was unlawfully removed from the UK in December 2013 after his application for leave to remain under the 20 year rule was unlawfully certified. The client had lived in the UK for 31 years and made several applications to the Home Office. The Home Office lost all of his data. Efforts to track the documents from the previous solicitor proved fruitless. The client was out of the UK and without money and Legal Aid was refused.
Chengetai accepted instructions under public access and represented the client in three judicial reviews and an appeal.
The Home Office conceded one judicial review and the other two applications were rendered academic after the SSHD provided the remedy sought by the client. The FTT appeal was heard in the client’s absence in February 2017 after the Home Office refused to allow the client to return to the UK to give evidence at his in-country appeal. The appeal was allowed on Article 8 grounds. It took 18 months for the BRP to be issued. At one point the Home Office even refused to issue a BRP despite the fact that the FTT had allowed his appeal.
The client was eventually allowed to return to the UK in June 2018 and received his Residence Permit on 18 September 2018.
Instructed by Ennon & Co Solicitors, Amanda Jones represents a Labour Activist and former leader of Lambeth Borough Council against a private prosecution by Transgender Rights Activists for one count of ‘using threatening, abusive or insulting words’. Not Guilty pleas were entered and the case continues.
Instructed by Dobsons, Kevin Metzger secures a non-custodial sentence for young man charged with Violent Disorder. The judge told the Defendant that ‘he had narrowly escaped an immediate custodial sentence’ when sentencing him to 2 years’ detention in a YOI, suspended for 2 years. One of the Defendant’s friends lost his life in a knife attack earlier this year.
Instructed by Hartnells Solicitors, Kevin Metzger secures a non-custodial sentence for a young man on a dangerous driving charge. The young man narrowly escaped an immediate custodial sentence and was sentenced to 10 months’ suspended for 2 years for what the Judge described as ‘an escapade where the defendant was so drunk he could barely stand when arrested and in his pyjamas.’ There were strong mitigating circumstances.