Sally Howes QC and Russell Pyne secure conviction in murder trial

April 6, 2017

Sally Howes QC and Russell Pyne have completed the successful prosecution of Jay Nava, a soldier who murdered his ex-partner by stabbing her 11 times.

Nava claimed at trial that he suffered from ‘Narcissistic Personality Disorder’, and that the killing was as a result of this condition; and also that he had lost his self-control in circumstances where a reasonable man would have acted similarly. The jury disagreed, and unanimously convicted him of murder on 5th April after deliberating for 2 1/2 hours.

Nava was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court by HHJ Miller QC to life imprisonment with a minimum of 21 years to be served before the Parole Board can first consider his release.

Further details of the case can be found at