R v RM (2023): Secured the acquittal of a vulnerable client who faced allegations of sexual assault and harassment involving fear of violence. James was commended by the client’s brother: “the words James says are powerful, clear, and precise. He represented my brother who suffers from panic attacks, anxiety and has a learning disability. James made Bobby relaxed enough to get through it, winning the case hands down.”
R v W (2023): Prosecuted a teenager at sentence for engaging in sexual activity with a child who was over three years younger than him. The offending involved the use of alcohol to facilitate the offence, significant planning, and was aggravated by the psychological harm caused to the victim amongst other features.
R v B (2023): Successfully prosecuted a man at trial for ABH whereby he assaulted the victim in a public house by inflicting a blow to the head with a pool ball as a weapon. This caused a laceration to the head. Only the victim gave evidence for the Crown whereas three defence witnesses gave evidence.
R v K (2023): The Defendant, who had previous convictions for attempt murder and violence in a domestic context, entered a guilty plea for threatening to kill his wife before trial after a detailed bad character application was served. Committed to the Crown Court for sentence for consideration of dangerousness.
R v A (2023): Successfully prosecuted a man at trial for intentional strangulation and ABH arising out of an incident whereby he attended the victim’s address early in the morning whilst intoxicated and assaulted her causing broken ribs and bruising. This occurred in the presence of their two-year-old son. Committed to the Crown Court for sentence.
R v R (2023): Successfully prosecuted a man at trial for intentional strangulation and assault. The Defendant had punched his partner before pinning her down and strangling her whilst suffocating her with his hand which caused loss of consciousness. The Defendant also threw a large metal cannister hitting the victim, who was then pregnant with their child, in the abdomen area. Committed to the Crown Court for sentence.
R v O (2023): Successfully opposed an application to exclude a confession made in interview by the Defendant who was alleged to have been in charge of a dog dangerously out of control. It was said that she should have had an appropriate adult with her in interview due to her mental vulnerability. A skeleton argument was drafted in response drawing the Court’s attention to the safeguards provided by s.77 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
R v H (2023): Prosecuted a man at sentence for malicious communications arising out of a series of threatening emails sent to Sara Britcliffe MP. Suspended Sentence Order imposed. The case was reported in the Lancashire Telegraph.
R v H (2023): Successfully defended a serving Detective Constable who was facing a disqualification at trial for failure to furnish information.
R v K (2022): ABH trial of issue involving a vulnerable victim who had learning difficulties. The Court found on the Crown’s case in that it was a persistent and pro-longed assault which was not in self-defence despite the victim having struck the Defendant with a large weapon during the altercation. Committed to the Crown Court for sentence and custodial sentence imposed.
R v D (2022): Successfully prosecuted the manager of an elderly victims’ housing complex, at trial, for domestic burglary. This abuse of trust arose from the repeat theft of prescription medication.
R v H (2022): Successfully prosecuted a man at trial for ABH on his son at their place of work. The case concerned a long history of conflict as reflected by the Defendant’s 1994 conviction against his ex-wife for ABH being admitted as important explanatory evidence.
R v F (2022): Successfully prosecuted a man at trial for failing to provide a specimen of blood. The case was reserved to a District Judge and involved the cross-examination of an expert in relation to whether the Defendant was experiencing a psychiatric episode. Suspended Sentence Order imposed.