Katy Appleton

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2000

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Katy read Law at University in Leicester and was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2000. Katy is a specialist criminal barrister with more than 13 years of experience. Katy both prosecutes and defends. Before joining St John’s Buildings, Katy predominantly practised at the Central Criminal Court in London. Katy has been placed on the Advocate Panel for general crime at level 2 for the Northern and the Wales and Chester Circuits.


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  • Crime

    Katy has extensive experience in cases involving serious crime, organised crime, murder, firearms, drugs, fraud, serious sexual offences and fatal road traffic collisions. She has acted both as leading junior and has been led in serious cases attracting local and national media attention. Katy is skilled in the preparation and presentation of complex criminal trials involving expert and medical issues.


    Serious and Organised Crime

    R v Toprak & Ors Murder of a gang leader arising from an ongoing feud involving two rival Organised Crime Networks; The Hackney Turks and The Tottenham Turks.

    R v Gayle & Ors: Contract killing. “Britain’s youngest hit-man” convicted following the successful acquittal of the estranged husband of the victim.

    R v Khumalo & Joseph: Gang land murder following a fight in Footlocker Store, Oxford Street, London on Boxing Day.

    R v Van Dungey & Genrty: Van Dungey who had a previous conviction for manslaughter and suffered from severe mental health issues admitted stabbing the victim to death “to put him out of his misery” after he was assaulted by Gentry. The defence of diminished responsibility was rejected by the jury.

    R v Williams: Murder by a 15-year-old boy who stabbed the victim to death after he confronted youths for throwing conkers.

    R v Lunkulu & Ors: Murder of a gang member arising from the ongoing feud between The Hackney Turks and The Tottenham Turks.

    R v Badmus: Attempted murder following a drugs feud. The victim was stabbed through the eye socket with a screwdriver as a result of which he sustained a brain injury which left him permanently disabled. Crown accepted a s18 plea.

    R v Nemhbard & Graham: Murder of a gang member which involved the extradition of the defendants from Jamaica.

    R v Nashia: Murder following a domestic incident. Nashia carried out a prolonged and sustained hammer attack on his disabled wife. The defence of diminished responsibility was rejected by the jury.

    R v Shuker & Phillips: s18 GBH following an unprovoked assault on the victim who sustained extensive life threatening injuries.

    Drug Related Offences

    R v Savva & Ors: Assisting in the supply of Class A drugs – importing and supplying 3280kg API’s (active pharmaceutical ingredients) in the United Kingdom.

    R v Edwards & Ors: Conspiracy to steal Class B drugs and conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office arising from a police officer providing information to others to break into cannabis factories.

    R v Arnold & Ors: Conspiracy to import and supply Class A drugs.

    R v Hasse & Ors: Conspiracy to supply Classes A & B drugs across Merseyside.

    Serious Sexual Offences

    R v G: Rape and serious sexual offences against a 12-year-old relative.

    R v Ackerley: Sexual assaults on a child.

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  • Fraud - Criminal

    R v Awan & Ors: VAT fraud involving Public Interest Immunity hearings.

    R v Kenyon: Substantial fraud and theft from employer.

    R v Vaughan: Benefit Fraud.

    R v Carpenter: Prosecuted a busker who was convicted after purporting to collect money for victims of the Hillsborough disaster

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