Murder and Serious Violence
R v Z 2020, Birmingham Crown Court
Murder – armed robbery by gang leading to fatal shooting. Prosecution junior. Prosecution involved extradition of the defendant from Pakistan, fitness to plead issues, analysis of phone data, and cell site evidence. Complex unused material issues relating to involvement of assisting offender.
R v Donaldson 2019, Birmingham Crown Court
Murder – Gang related stabbing. Prosecution junior. Complex forensic analysis of footage from multiple CCTV cameras. Cell site analysis and mobile phone comparison. Defendant convicted of murder. The case was covered on Birmingham Live.
R v IF 2019, Minshull Street Crown Court
Defence of youth charged with robbery with an axe and kidnapping. Defendant received a community order, following successful mitigation.
R v Patrick 2018, Manchester Crown Court
Murder – Unprovoked attack in front of neighbours. Prosecution junior. Defendant convicted of murder after trial. Trial covered by the national media. Manchester Evening News, The Mirror.
Maria was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from Greater Manchester Police for her work on this case.
R v B
Section 18 – successful defence of client accused with his wife of a serious assault in which the victim was left partially blinded. Representations made on client’s behalf led to the assault charge being dropped and the client receiving a suspended sentence for affray. The case was covered on the BBC.
R v Thompson 2019, Manchester Crown Court
Section 18 wounding. Prosecution of male accused of nightclub stabbing. Presentation of complex sequence of CCTV evidence. Defendant convicted after trial. Manchester Evening News.
R v Leighton 2018, Minshull Street Crown Court
Section 18 wounding x 2. Prosecution of male, accused of random stabbings members of the public in Ashton town centre. Trial involved analysis and presentation of complex CCTV footage, phone data and cell site analysis. Defendant convicted after trial.
R v Dunn 2016, Manchester Crown Court
Section 18 grievous bodily harm. Prosecution of male attacking vulnerable victim in their own hammer, causing fractured ribs. Further prosecution of same defendant for unprovoked attack upon second vulnerable male, who died hours later. Case widely reported in national press The Independent, Manchester Evening News.
R v H 2020, Bolton Crown Court
Successful defence of young autistic male charged with serious sexual offences.
R v Hodgin 2020, Minshull Street Crown Court
Successful prosecution of male who had pursued campaign of terror against ex-partner, including posting indecent images of her online. Case preparation involved analysis and presentation of hi-tech evidence relating to creation of false Instagram accounts and linking accounts to specific IP addresses. The case was covered in Manchester Evening News.
R v M 2019, Nottingham Crown Court
Successful defence of off duty police officer accused of sexual assault.
R v H 2018, Blackburn Youth Court
Prosecution of youth with learning difficulties accused of serious sexual assault other another child. Case involved intermediaries, vulnerable and reluctant child witnesses. Defendant convicted after trial.
R v MH 2017, Minshull Street Crown Court
Non-recent sexual abuse trial involving defendant (an auxillary nurse), accused of sexual abuse of a child whilst administering treatment. Defendant convicted after trial.
R v Rak 2015, Manchester Crown Court
Successful prosecution of male, accused of serious sexual assault upon an unconscious woman in Manchester City Centre. Case involved contested forensic and medical expert evidence regarding significance of DNA recovered and rate of healing of internal injuries. Successful legal argument against admission of complainant’s sexual history. Case reported Manchester Evening News.
R v Ahmed 2015, Manchester Crown Court
Taxi driver accused of sexual assaults upon two women. Both witnesses were vulnerable and expressed reluctance to give evidence at trial. Arrangements made to meet witnesses prior to trial to reassure them regarding court procedures. Successful legal argument against admission of complainant’s sexual history. Defendant convicted after trial.