Man guilty of murdering train passenger with horseshoe – Tahir Khan KC leading Kaj Scarsbrook secure conviction

Kirkpatrick Virgo, 42, from Slough, attacked Thomas Parker, 24, on a platform at Reading Station last July after an argument about music being played on the train.  During the argument, passengers heard Virgo remark: “Do you want to die tonight?”   The altercation was ended by off-duty police officers but Virgo then followed Thomas Parker and his brother Craig after the train arrived at the station.

The court heard that Virgo had removed a heavy metallic horseshoe from his bag and used it to hit Thomas Parker on the head, claiming he was spat at and racially abused by Thomas Parker who he feared was going to attack him.  Following the attack, Craig Parker chased Virgo through the station, tackling him to the floor in a bear-hug before rail staff intervened.  Thomas Parker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Virgo had admitted manslaughter and carrying an offensive weapon but denied murder.  He will be sentenced on 31st March 2023.

Winchester Crown Court Open Day – 18th March 2023

2KBW Chambers were very proud to participate in Saturday’s open day, hosted at Winchester Combined Court Centre.  With over 20 criminal justice participants, and a full programme of events such as mock trials, mock sentences, tours of the cells, presentations, displays, etc, the court welcomed over 5000 members of the public through its doors.  2KBW barristers took part in the mock trials and sentences, and we gave away hundreds of 2KBW branded goody-bags and branded windmills, which flew off the shelves!

Additional photos courtesy of the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Steven Perian KC prosecutes primary school teacher in murder trial

The jury at Northampton Crown Court have heard allegations that the defendant killed her partner by stabbing him in the neck and then buried him in the garden of their home. The defendant was absent from work at the time with “covid sickness”, on her return she explained that her partner had left her for another woman.

Further details of the case can be found at the following link

Mr Perian KC is instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, East Midlands. The trial continues.

Drunk Tube passenger admits attempted murder of female stranger – Miss Suki Dhadda prosecutes

Arthur Hawrylewicz, aged 42, of Avondale Gardens, Cardiff, admitted attempted murder on the first day of his trial at Inner London Crown Court on 6th March 2023.  He was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing next month.

The court heard that the defendant drunkenly approached Ms Maria Osifeso at King’s Cross station last August.  As she approached the edge of the platform, he wrapped his arms around her waist in a bear hug style grip and lifted her off the ground, swinging her round in to the path of an oncoming train.  He released his grip only when a male friend of Ms Osifeso intervened, as horrified passengers looked on.  The defendant repeatedly banged his head against the side of the train before he was taken away.  Judge Benedict Kelleher warned the defendant to expect a lengthy custodial sentence.

Drunk passenger who tried to throw woman onto tracks at King’s Cross faces jail for attempted murder | Daily Mail Online