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04 Aug 2017

Oliver Saxby QC begins Manchester Shooting Trial

The trial of David Jeffers began at Manchester Crown Court on Monday. Mr Jeffers is charged with the attempted murder of a woman in a hotel in Stockport. The woman survived but sustained serious abdominal injuries. The issues include lack of intent and accident. Oliver Saxby QC is defending,

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19 Jul 2017

Convictions in Historic Familial Sex Abuse Case

After over two weeks in retirement, the jury in the familial sex abuse case being prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC leading Georgina Gibbs at Reading Crown Court have returned their verdicts. All four defendants were convicted of various offences relating to five of the six complainants including

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10 Jul 2017

'Wind in the Willows' murder trial features in Channel 4 documentary

The trial of Michael Danaher - prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC and Michael Roques - is the centrepiece of tonight’s instalment of the Channel 4 documentary series, ‘Catching a Killer’ (on air, 9pm). The trial took place at Oxford Crown Court in the Autumn of last year and resulted in Danaher

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06 Jul 2017

Baby death - Oliver Saxby QC and Danny Moore defend

The trial of Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd began on Monday at Maidstone Crown Court before Mr Justice Stuart-Smith. The pair face allegations arising from the death of Miss Cox's 5-month old baby, Eli, who suffered what have been described as catastrophic brain injuries on 13th April

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04 Jul 2017

Chambers welcomes new criminal practitioner Ben Irwin

The members of 6 Pump Court are pleased to announce that Ben Irwin has accepted an invitation of tenancy with Chambers. He joins the Criminal Team with immediate effect. Formerly of 4 Breams Buildings, Ben was called to the Bar in 2006. He has substantial experience drawn from a broad range of

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30 Jun 2017

London taxi driver acquitted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A London taxi driver represented by Thomas Stern has been acquitted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Idrissa Bangura was alleged to have fallen asleep behind the wheel whilst driving his black taxi through Knightsbridge in February 2016. The taxi collided with a concrete barrier

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22 Jun 2017

Crown’s Case Closes in Historic Familial Sexual Abuse Prosecution

The Crown closed its case yesterday in the prosecution of four persons charged with multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault and child cruelty. Oliver Saxby QC is leading for the Crown, instructed by Thames Chiltern CCU. The allegations cover 25 years of the most serious and depraved

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16 Jun 2017

Ian Whitehurst provides seminar on new CFA to Merseyside Police

Ian Whitehurst will give a seminar to the Financial Crime Unit at Merseyside Police Head Quarters on the new provisions contained in the Criminal Finances Act 2017 on the 28th June 2017 as well as a general review of civil POCA powers. The new Criminal Finances Act contains issues in relation to

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19 May 2017

Recorded cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses - pilot scheme

Richard Barraclough QC has been engaged in the recorded (Section 28 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999) cross-examination of a number of witnesses to an alleged murder who are aged under 18 years of age. Section 28 provides for measures designed to support vulnerable witnesses using the

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17 May 2017

Ian Whitehurst awarded police commendation for leading successful prosecution in drugs case

Ian Whitehurst has been awarded a Commendation from the Chief Constable of Merseyside for his role as Leading Counsel for the Prosecution in successfully prosecuting an organised crime group involved in the supply of approximately £2 million pounds worth of drugs. The organised crime group

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12 May 2017

Six Pump Court is pleased to welcome Katherine Kelleher to the Crime Team

Chambers is pleased to welcome Katherine Kelleher to the Crime team at Six Pump Court. Kate’s practice comprises Criminal Defence Work and some environmental crime. She also appears as an advocate in regulatory hearings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Kate has prosecuted and

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04 May 2017

Major Sexual Abuse Trial Commences - Oliver Saxby QC Prosecuting

A case involving alleged familial sexual abuse of the gravest kind spanning a 25-year period and two generations of the same family began on Tuesday at Reading Crown Court. Oliver Saxby QC is prosecuting, leading Georgina Gibbs of 36 Bedford Row. They are instructed by the CPS Thames Chiltern

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26 Apr 2017

Jury Retires in Gross Negligence Manslaughter Trial

The jury will retire today in the trial of Lucy King, a 39 year old mother charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of her daughter, Frankie, aged 2. Oliver Saxby QC defends, leading Kate Hunter of Gurney Harden Solicitors. The Crown allege that Ms King failed to get medical assistance

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05 Apr 2017

Acquittal in death by dangerous driving case

Thomas Stern has secured an acquittal for a Czech lorry driver, Jaroslav Horvath, who was tried for causing death by dangerous driving. The incident occurred at 5am on 6th December 2015 at junction 7 of the M20, close to Maidstone. Jaroslav Horvath had parked his lorry on the hard-shoulder of

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28 Mar 2017

"Legal highs" and their role in serious crime

The so called legal high “Spice” has played a role in a number of recent murders. Legal highs, their chemical diversity and the speed of their development make this type of substance difficult to detect and deal with. In this article Richard Barraclough QC outlines two murder cases in which

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22 Mar 2017

Shaken Baby Syndrome – legal developments

Richard Barraclough QC and Kate Kelleher have written a paper outlining how medical opinion and the courts’ approach to “shaken baby syndrome” have developed. Richard and Kate recently undertook the defence of a young father who had been accused of murdering his six week old baby. The case

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17 Mar 2017

John FitzGerald secures acquittal of 12 year old accused of raping 8 year old sister

John FitzGerald, instructed by Reeves & Co. (Ashford), defended a man, now 23, accused of raping his sister when he was 12 and she was 8.  The back drop to the case was a miserable childhood for both involving a bitter separation of their parents and ensuing custody battle.  In his interview,

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08 Mar 2017

Pokemon Murder - Oliver Saxby QC defends

The trial of John Dickson and Christopher Pollard began on Monday. The pair are charged with murdering Carl Gregory in a shopping centre car park near Broadstairs. The Crown allege that Dickson (represented by Oliver Saxby QC, instructed by Bond Joseph Solicitors) intervened in an altercation

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20 Feb 2017

John FitzGerald secures acquittal in gun running case

The defendant was a serving prisoner having been sentenced to an I.P.P. for attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. The defendant was a senior member of Birmingham gang, the "Johnson Crew". The defendant was accused of being the top of a conspiracy to supply a

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30 Jan 2017

Sentence Increased in Gross Negligence Manslaughter Prosecution Prosecuted by Oliver Saxby QC

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentence of 3 years that had been imposed on Jasmine Gregory, whose baby daughter had drowned in a bath at their home. Miss Gregory had been convicted of her child’s manslaughter by gross negligence at a trial in October - she had left the baby unattended

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27 Jan 2017

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Case: Simon Taylor Prosecutes, Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock Defend

Sentence took place on Thursday in the case of Michael Bowditch, a 21 year old man charged in connection with the death of a 17 year old, Becky Morgan. Simon Taylor was instructed by CPS SECCU. Oliver Saxby QC and Peter Alcock were instructed by Tuckers Solicitors. Miss Morgan and Mr Bowditch

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20 Jan 2017

Ian Whitehurst appointed Disclosure Counsel by the SFO

Ian Whitehurst has been appointed as Disclosure Counsel by the Serious Fraud Office in a high profile and complex major case. Ian was appointed in December and the case is ongoing.  

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20 Jan 2017

Old Bailey Jury Recommend Leniency

A jury today returned a verdict of guilty in the trial of a young man charged with the killing of an acquaintance outside a party in East London last year. Oliver Saxby QC was defending, leading Sara Haroon of Bond Joseph Solicitors. The incident was captured on CCTV and the jury rejected the

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12 Jan 2017

Oliver Saxby QC commences Old Bailey Murder Trial

The trial of a young man accused of the murder of a friend began on Monday of this week. Oliver Saxby QC is for the defence, leading Sara Haroon of Bond Joseph Solicitors. The incident occurred outside a party in East London and was at least in part captured on CCTV. The defendant is alleged to

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10 Nov 2016

Gross Negligence Manslaughter Conviction

Oliver Saxby QC yesterday secured the conviction of Jasmine Gregory, a 24-year old mother of previous good character accused of the manslaughter by gross negligence of her 14-month old daughter, R. At around 11am on 7th August 2014, Miss Gregory received a visit from her Outreach Worker, Carla

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