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Gang jailed for string of West Midlands car-jackings

Between September and November last year, Michael Williams led Richard Sedgwick in the successful prosecution of a gang of armed robbers responsible for the robbery of a convenience store, 26 incidents of car-jacking, the kidnap of a recovery driver and threatening a soldier with an imitation firearm.  In total, the gang committed 46 offences over the course of four months in 2018.  The prosecution case rested largely on the movement of mobile telephones and analysis of call data.  The jury convicted the defendants upon all counts.

The ringleader, Paul Doyle, had previously received an indeterminate sentence for public protection in 2007 for the armed robbery of cash in a transit van.  For these offences, he received a life sentence and will have to serve a minimum of 12 years before the parole board will consider him for release.  Joshua Barrett, Luke Mander, and Kier Carter, received sentences of 18 years, 16 and a half years, and 3 years respectively.

Further details of the case can be found on the BBC here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-51837519

 

COVID-19 – Chambers update

Chambers offices will be closed until 31st March 2020.

Chambers staff will be working from home.  Please contact them by email at their usual addresses, or by telephone on the following numbers:-

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Our Portsmouth office currently remains open, for the time being.

Grace Ong prosecutes married nursery worker for underage sex

The defendant is accused of five counts of engaging in sexual activity with a boy beginning when the victim was 13 years old. The matter came to light when the defendant later had a child which was found to share DNA with the victim in the case.

The trial is currently being heard at Reading Crown Court before HHJ Clarke QC, Miss Ong is instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service Thames & Chiltern.

Further details of the case can be found at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8041927/Married-nursery-worker-20-sex-13-year-old-boy-twice-month.html

Members of 2KBW involved in high profile terrorist trial

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury and his sister, Sneha Chowdhury, were convicted of terrorism offences following a lengthy trial at Woolwich Crown Court before HHJ Lees QC. The defendants were accused of planning attacks on tourist sites around London following an earlier acquittal on other terrorism offences.

Marion Smullen led Mumin Hashim, and Gulam Ahmed was junior to Simon Csoka QC, all instructed by Shofna Begum of Stuart Begum Solicitors.

Further details of the trial can be found in the links below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51449757

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/10/man-convicted-of-plotting-terror-attacks-at-london-tourist-sites

 

William Mousley QC and Alex Kettle-Williams secure murder conviction

William Mousley QC and Alex Kettle-Williams have secured the unanimous conviction of a man who murdered his victim before setting fire to her home in which she laid in an attempt to conceal the evidence and her body. The trial was heard over 3 weeks before Mr Justice Garnham at Winchester Crown Court.  Brendan Rowan-Davies, who repeatedly sliced the throat of his victim in a sexually motivated and sadistic attack, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years.

Counsel were instructed by CPS Wessex. Further details can be found here:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/04/kelly-anne-case-man-convicted-of-savage

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-51357444

Angus Robertson has retired from the Bar

After a long and very successful career spanning over 40 years, Angus has decided to hang up his wig and gown and retire from the Bar.

Angus was a very popular Grade 4 Prosecutor and he will be missed, not only by us at 2KBW, but those that regularly instructed him.

We wish him all the best for a long and happy retirement.

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