Brian McKenna

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 1983

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Brian is an experienced criminal barrister who has handled cases including the most serious and complex criminal matters. He has prosecuted and defended in cases of:
• Murder,
• Manslaughter,
• Fraud (including DSS Fraud),
• Theft,
• Arson,
• Sexual offences (including sex with minors and paedophilia),
• Drugs
• Child cruelty
• People Trafficking
• The full range of public order offences.

Expertise

  • Crime

    Murder/Assault/Public Order

    R v Herbert – Prosecution Junior on the murder of Sophie Lancaster (the so called “Goth Murder”). March 2007
    R v McCrea – January 2007 – serious assault. Click Here for press coverage of this case.
    R v Southern 2007 – Serious assault, domestic violence. Click Here for press coverage of this case.
    R v Chadwick – March 2008. Click Here for press coverage of this case.
    R v Ashworth – December 2008
    R v Charnock – November 2009. Click Here for press coverage of this case.

    Fraud/Theft

    R v Greenhalgh 2007 – Prosecution of the so called “Artful Codgers”. Forgery of antiquities. Internationally reported case. Click Here for press coverage of this case.
    R v Porter 2007
    R v Mallu 2008 – credit card fraud on an international scale.
    R v Patel 2008 – schoolboy running an extensive eBay fraud
    R v Hayes 2009 – company checkbook fraud
    R v Pilkington – theft from pensioners
    R v Smith – conspiracy to steal. Click Here for press coverage of this case.
    R v Lynch 2008 – DSS fraud
    R v Bradshaw 2008 DSS Fraud. Click Here for press coverage of this case.
    R v Kearsley 2009 DSS fraud
    R v Bradshaw 2009 DSS fraud

    Drugs

    R v Wiggins 2008
    R v Bentham 2008
    R v Ahmed Noor 2008
    R v Carrington 2009
    R v Nixon 2009
    R v Duncanson 2010
    “Operation Marengo” 2008 Cultivation of Cannabis
    R v White 2008
    R v Valentine 2009

    Prison Riots

    R v Saleem

    Arson

    R v Cotton 2007 – defence junior – man accused of murder after dousing his flatmate in petrol and setting him alight.
    R v Roughley – 2008. Click Here for press coverage of this case.
    R v Collier 2009
    R v Taylor 2010

    Sexual Offences

    R v Thorp – February 2008
    R v Brooks – October 2008
    R v Ball – November 2008
    R v Aziz – January 2009
    R v Jones – February 2009
    R v Fletcher – April 2009
    R v Meadwell – May 2009 – multiple rape of a girl under the age of 14.
    R v Williams – July 2009

    Child Cruelty

    R v Vose 2009
    R v Roberts 2009 – extensive burning to a baby with a hairdryer.
    R v Downes 2009 – Attempted kidnap

    People Trafficking

    R v Bogdan 2008
    R v Petrovics 2007

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