Arthur Hawrylewicz, 42, from Cardiff, admitted attempted murder and was today sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. Judge Benedict Kelleher told him he would serve two thirds of the term in custody. The victim impact statement of Maria Osifeso, 22, was read out in court, in which she said it had been incredibly traumatic to think how close she came to dying and that she now suffers overwhelming anxiety when travelling alone on the Tube.
Huge congratulations to our very own Leigh Hart who just competed in the Combat Fight Series show and won, beating her opponent after 3 x 2 minute rounds of K1 style kickboxing. This was a warm up fight for Leigh, who has transitioned from traditional full contact kickboxing to K1 style. She will be fighting again in London on 23rd September, in her quest to rise up through the UK rankings.
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.
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!
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.
2 KBW are proud to support HMCTS and be part of the open day at Winchester Crown Court on Saturday 18th March 2023. This event is open to members of the public – doors at 10.30am. Click on the leaflet link below for more information about participants, activities and timings.