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04 Jul 2019

Double murder trial underway - Oliver Saxby QC and Nina Ellin prosecuting

The trial of Louise Porton began yesterday before Mrs Justice Yip at Birmingham Crown Court. The defendant, aged 23, is charged with murdering her two children, Lexi and Scarlett, within 18 days of each other. Lexi was aged 3, Scarlett 17 months. The Crown’s case revolves around the absence of

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07 May 2019

Maids Moreton murder trial - Oliver Saxby QC leading for Crown

The trial of Field, Smyth and Field began last Tuesday at Oxford Crown Court. The three face allegations relating to five victims - Peter Farquhar, Anne Moore-Martin, Jonathan Elliman, Howard Meakin and Liz Zettl. Ben Field (aged 28) and Martyn Smith (32) were English students at the University

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01 May 2019

Catherine Donnelly secures conviction in Maidstone murder case

Catherine Donnelly, acting for the Crown Prosecution Service has secured the murder conviction of Trevor Brazier who has been found guilty of strangling a homeless man. A jury found Brazier guilty of murder at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday. Sentencing will take place tomorrow. Oliver Saxby QC,

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17 Apr 2019

Death by dangerous driving suspended sentence - Oliver Saxby QC defending

Last Friday at Chester Crown Court, 89-year old Albert Pentall was sentenced to a 16-month custodial sentence suspended for 2 years following the death in a road accident of a 48-year old wife and mother of two. Mr Pentall had been making the short journey home after an evening out with friends

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10 Apr 2019

Murder acquittal - Oliver Saxby QC defending

A man charged with involvement in the Rochester Bridge killing has been acquitted of murder after a 3-week trial. Levi Webb was standing trial in connection with the death of a man called Peter Beale, who was stabbed to death on the evening of 17th September 2018. Oliver Saxby QC was leading

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01 Apr 2019

Rochester Bridge murder trial - Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of Levi Webb is entering its closing stages. Mr Webb is charged with the murder of Peter Beale, who was found stabbed to death under Rochester Bridge, Kent in September of last year. Webb and his co-defendant, Billy Dole, were dealing drugs - Webb as Dole’s runner. On the evening of

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13 Mar 2019

Mother convicted and sentenced over baby’s drowning, Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

Sarah Morris, aged 35, was today convicted of the gross negligence manslaughter of her twin daughter, Rosie. Miss Morris had left her twins unattended in a bath for periods of time during a 47-minute phone call with her partner. The case, tried before Mr Justice Picken at Mold Crown Court,

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06 Mar 2019

Gross negligence manslaughter prosecution - Oliver Saxby QC leading for Crown

The trial of Sarah Morris begins today at Mold Crown Court. She is charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of one of her twins, aged 13 months at the time. The Crown allege that the defendant left her twins in a bath, unattended, for prolonged periods of time whilst she was distracted

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19 Feb 2019

Luton murder trial nearing conclusion - Oliver Saxby QC defending

The case of Lemonnier and Williams is nearing its conclusion. Zach Lemonnier, aged 19, is charged together with Robert Williams, aged 18 - with the murder of a man called Ronnie Wrighting. The Crown allege that the two defendants launched an unprovoked attack on Mr Wrighting as he waited for a

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04 Feb 2019

Three Life Sentences for Oxford Groomers

The three men convicted before Christmas of various serious historic sexual offences committed against a vulnerable complainant have each been sentenced to Life Imprisonment. Mohammed Karrar received a minimum term of 18 years, Anjum Dogar 20 years and Bassam Karrar 10 years. Oliver Saxby QC

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25 Jan 2019

Murder Acquittal - Oliver Saxby QC Defending

Following a two-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court, a 28-year old man from Gravesend has been found not guilty by a jury of the two counts he faced, murder and manslaughter. The jury took just over 7 hours to clear him of both counts. The verdicts were unanimous. In the summer of 2016, Mr

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19 Dec 2018

Verdicts in Grooming Trial

The trial of Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar concluded yesterday with all three defendants being convicted on all counts. Oliver Saxby QC was prosecuting, leading Alan Gardner of 23 Essex Street. They were instructed by Clare Tucker of Thames Chiltern CCU. The trial had lasted 3

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03 Dec 2018

Oliver Saxby QC, Simon Taylor, Thomas Stern and Lucy Luttman judge at Bar Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday 1st December 2018, Maidstone Crown Court hosted the regional final of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2018/19. The event, organised by Young Citizens (an initiative of the Citizenship Foundation charity), saw 13 schools from London, Hertfordshire, Kent and Essex presenting jury trials

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30 Nov 2018

Oxford Grooming Trial Underway

The case of Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar and Anjum Dogar began at Oxford Crown Court last week. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting, leading Alan Gardner of 23 Essex Street. They are instructed by the Complex Case Unit, Thames Chiltern CPS. The Crown allege that the three defendants groomed and

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26 Oct 2018

Conspiracy to murder trial underway - Simon Taylor and Ben Irwin prosecuting, Oliver Saxby QC defending

The trial of Glenn Pollard, Heather Pollard and Hayley Weatherall began last week at Maidstone Crown Court. Simon Taylor is leading for the Crown, with Ben Irwin - instructed by CPS South East Canterbury CPS Trials Unit. Oliver Saxby QC is leading for the second defendant, Heather Pollard -

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10 Oct 2018

Sexual assault appeal succeeds - Oliver Saxby QC acting

The appeal against sentence of a young student given an immediate custodial sentence for an offence of sexual assault was yesterday upheld by the Court of Appeal, resulting in the appellant’s immediate release. Oliver Saxby QC appeared for the appellant, instructed by Susannah Proctor of ABR

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08 Oct 2018

Presenting Sexual Abuse Cases

On Thursday, Oliver Saxby QC is to speak at a two-day conference on Child Sexual Exploitation being held for Senior Investigating Officers. Other speakers include senior Crown Prosecutors and experts in the area of sexual abuse. Oliver will be focussing on three trials he has been involved in

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04 Oct 2018

Murder Defence Underway

The trial of Auremas Vilius and Klaudijus Klimanskis began last week. They are charged with the murder of a man called Edvardus Barsevicius. Oliver Saxby QC and John Fitzgerald, instructed by Reeves and Co, are representing the first defendant, Vilius. The Crown’s case is reliant on detailed and

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06 Jul 2018

Gross Negligence Manslaughter - Oliver Saxby QC instructed to prosecute

Oliver Saxby QC has been instructed to prosecute a mother charged over the death of her 12-month old baby, A. A had been been left unattended and unsupported in a bath whilst her mother was elsewhere at the address, dealing with household chores. When she returned, A was dead having drowned. It

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13 Jun 2018

Sentence in Oxford sexual abuse trial - Oliver Saxby QC prosecuting

Sentence was passed yesterday following the five and a half month long sexual abuse trial which concluded in late March. Seven of the eight convicted defendants were sentenced to a total of over 75 years imprisonment. The eighth was sentenced to Life Imprisonment with a minimum term of 12

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05 Jun 2018

Manslaughter Plea Accepted in Baby Murder Prosecution - 8 Year Sentence Imposed

The Crown last week accepted a young defendant’s plea of guilty to manslaughter, offering no evidence on the alternative count of murder. Oliver Saxby QC was defending, leading Chris Wray of Bond Joseph Solicitors. James Ring was aged 20 when his 9-week old baby suffered a catastrophic brain

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30 Apr 2018

Solicitor Sentenced following Neglect Conviction; and Multi-handed Murder Trial Underway

The solicitor convicted by a jury of the neglect of her elderly mother was sentenced on Friday to two and half years imprisonment. Oliver Saxby QC was prosecuting, instructed by Thames Chiltern CCU. Please use the links below for news coverage of this case:- The Daily Mail The

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26 Mar 2018

M1 Lorry Drivers Sentenced, Convictions in Oxford Sex Abuse Case and Solicitor Neglect Trial Underway

The two lorry drivers involved in the crash on the M1 which killed eight people and seriously injured a further four were sentenced on Friday. Richard Masierak - who had parked his lorry in the slow lane of the M1 for 12 minutes - was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment for offences of causing

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07 Mar 2018

Convictions in M1 Crash Case

Richard Masierak was yesterday convicted of eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The jury are continuing to deliberate on the case against David Wagstaff – the lorry driver who collided with the minibus that had pulled

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23 Feb 2018

M1 Fatal Collision - Oliver Saxby QC Opens for the Crown

The case of Masierak and Wagstaff commenced today at Reading Crown Court. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting, leading Peter Shaw. They are instructed by Thames Chiltern Complex Case Unit. In the early hours of 26th August 2017, Mr Maseriak parked up in the slow lane of the M1. He was driving an HGV

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