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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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22 Feb 2019

Catherine Donnelly and Nina Ellin - Level 4 prosecutors on CPS serious crime list

Chambers congratulates Catherine Donnelly and Nina Ellin who have been successful in their applications to be on the CPS "serious crime" list at Level 4. Level 4 is the highest level and is reserved for barristers able to prosecute the most serious of offences.

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22 Jan 2019

Sentence increased for defendant in latest Operation Pallial hearing

In the latest hearing into allegations of historical abuse in the north Wales care system, a man previously convicted of serious sexual abuse and indecent assault at a care home in Wrexham, has had his sentence increased from three and a half years to five years and 10 months. Catherine Donnelly

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14 Aug 2018

Catherine Donnelly prosecutes owners of dangerous dog that attacked toddler

The owners of a dangerous dog that savaged an 18 month old toddler have pleaded guilty to ownership of the dog and allowing it to become out of control in a public place. The pit bull terrier-type dog mauled and severely injured an 18-month-old girl in April last year. The girl was seriously

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07 Nov 2016

North Wales ex-Police Superintendent prosecuted for historical sex abuse

A former Police Superintendent, Gordon Anglesea has been convicted of four indecent assault charges against two boys which took place between 1982 and 1987, when both boys were 14 or 15. The trial held at Mold Crown Court lasted for six weeks and resulted in a conviction and sentence of 12 years in

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19 Apr 2016

Latest Prosecution in Operation Pallial

In the latest prosecution brought by the National Crime Agency and CPS Wales, and prosecuted by Catherine Donnelly, as part of Operation Pallial, a man has today been sentenced to nine months in prison for possessing extreme pornographic images. Operation Pallial is the ongoing investigation

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28 Sep 2015

Sentencing in latest Operation Pallial case

Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly prosecuted the case of Cooke and others over three months earlier this year. The case forms part of Operation Pallial; the ongoing investigation into historic sexual and physical abuse in North Wales Children’s homes. On Friday, five men were sentenced to a

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05 Aug 2015

Latest Prosecution in Operation Pallial begins this week

Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly will begin the latest prosecution for Operation Pallial this week. The case is listed for preliminary hearing on Friday. Gordon Anglesea is a retired detective superintendent who served with the North Wales Police. He is charged with the sexual abuse of

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22 Apr 2015

Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly prosecute alleged paedophile ring in latest Operation Pallial case

Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly have opened the prosecution this week in the latest of the cases to be brought as part of the Operation Pallial investigation. Operation Pallial is the largest investigation into historic abuse in the UK. It was set up following allegations of historical child

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25 Mar 2015

Six Pump Court Vulnerable Witness Seminar

Members of the criminal team today gave a seminar to Kent CPS lawyers and caseworkers on the subject of Vulnerable Witnesses. Introduced by Eleanor Laws QC and Oliver Saxby QC, the speakers included Richard Barraclough QC, Catherine Donnelly, Simon Taylor and Fran Aldson. To read more about

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28 Nov 2014

Guilty verdicts in the first of the Operation Paillial cases

The guilty verdicts in the first of the Paillial cases (R v John Allen) follow a seven week trial.  John Allen has been found guilty on 26 counts of historical child sex abuse. Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly are prosecuting. Openshaw J will sentence the defendant on 1st

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26 Nov 2014

John Allen found guilty on 26 counts in historical child abuse case

In the latest Operation Pallial case, John Allen has been found guilty on 26 counts of historical child sex abuse. Eleanor Laws QC and Catherine Donnelly are prosecuting. Operation Pallial was set up to investigate allegations of historical child abuse in North Wales. News coverage of the

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07 Mar 2014

Gillingham Shooting Trial Gets Under Way

The trial of Adam, Steven and Melissa Green has commenced at Maidstone Crown Court. Catherine Donnolly prosecutes. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Wickens represent the lead defendant; and John Fitzgerald and Thomas Stern appear  on behalf of the second and third defendants. The Crown allege

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