Kate Riekstina – Pupil Barrister

Kate Riekstina - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Kate is undertaking pupillage under the supervision of Richard Thyne and Ian Goldsack. Prior to commencing pupillage, Kate spent time working as a prison officer at HMP Holloway and HMP Pentonville on the mental health unit and residential wings. She also spent time working as a Crown Court paralegal at a solicitors’ firm based in London dealing with all areas of crime including theft, fraud, sexual offences, drug offences, ABH and GBH.

MEMBERSHIPS/ACCREDITATIONS

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • CPS Level 1

 

Expertise

  • Crime

    Kate accepts instructions in all aspects of criminal proceedings. She has appeared in Magistrates’ Court trials consistently throughout pupillage. She has also appeared at the Crown Court in relation to probation breaches, bail applications, committals for sentence and appeals from the Magistrates’ Court.

    Kate has also been instructed to prosecute matters for the DVLA in the Crown Court and Local Authorities in the Magistrates’ Court. As well as conducting general criminal work, Kate has acted in Road Traffic Offences, Planning Law offences, Environmental Health offences and anti-social behaviour offences.

    During her pupillage Kate has acted in cases involving vulnerable witnesses. Her experience therefore involves dealing with children, vulnerable adults and young offenders in a respectful and compassionate way.

    Cases

    R v F (2018)

    Appeared on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service. The Defendant was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment for racially aggravated harassment. The case was reported in the Sheffield Star.

    R v M (a youth) (2018)

    Appeared on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service. Defendant pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and was committed to Crown Court for sentence.

    R v M (2018)

    Appeared at the Crown Court on behalf of the Defendant who was in breach of a suspended sentence of 18 months imprisonment. Successfully argued that the Court ought not to activate the term of imprisonment.

    R v D (2018)

    Appeared at the Crown Court on behalf of the Defendant. The Defendant was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment for an offence occasioning actual bodily harm committed in prison. The case was reported in the Sheffield Star.

    R v D (2018)

    Successfully prosecuted a Defendant who was charged with exposure under s.66 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. All eye witnesses in the case were under the age of 16.

    BDC v C (2018)

    Appeared on behalf of the Local Authority prosecuting a young man for anti-social behaviour offences. Successfully made an application for an interim Criminal Behaviour Order which was opposed by the Defence. The substantial order was thereafter agreed.

    NK v SoS for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (2018)

    Appeared at the Crown Court on behalf of DVLA in an appeal against conviction. Successfully represented the DVLA and the appeal was dismissed.

    R v B (2018)

    Appeared on behalf of the Defendant in a road traffic matter. Successfully put forward an exceptional hardship argument which resulted in the Defendant being able to keep his license.

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