Cases of interest for 2012 – 2013


The cases below are representative of the serious and complex matters the department has been involved in during the past year.

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R -v- Marszalkiewicz et al.:
We represent the above that is jointly charged along with three others in the murder of a Polish national in Boston, Lincolnshire. All defendants are due to stand trial at Leicester Crown Court in February. The murder investigation has spanned large parts of the United Kingdom and abroad. The arrests were made by armed offices. The case is sufficiently serious and complex that all defendants, even in the current economic climate, are represented by Queen’s Counsel.

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R -v- Driscoll, Ward, Morriss et.al :
We represent the above three defendants that are jointly charged with seven others in a multi- county conspiracy to supply heroin. The case is substantial with the trial due to start at Norwich Crown Court in February listed for five weeks. The case is being prosecuted by the complex crime work unit of the CPS.

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R -v- MacBrayne:
Successfully defended the above in an early prosecution for the then new offence of causing death by careless driving – an offence many practitioners feel confuses culpability and harm. Significant expert evidence at trial established our client had suffered medical complications behind the wheel and was not culpable. He was unanimously acquitted after trial before Ipswich Crown Court in 2012.

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R -v- Baldry:
Successfully defended at Cambridge Crown Court by our in house Crown Court advocate. Our client was accused of sexually assaulting an employee and unanimously acquitted after trial.

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R -v- Readshaw:
Our client was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. The case involved important issues as to the admissibility of 999 tape when a complainant refuses to make a statement of complaint. The case was discontinued on the basis of our skeleton argument which thoroughly reviewed the statutory framework under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and the decisions in R v C [2007] EWCA Crim 3463; R v Twist [2011] EWCA Crim 1143; R v M [2011] EWCA Crim 2341 and Al-Khawaja and Tahery v United Kingdom [2011] ECHR 26766/05 and 22228/06.

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