Case Updates

We regularly review cases and comment on those we find may be of interest.  Below you will find our latest case updates.

R v Turk (deceased)

A judge is not entitled to proceed with a trial after the death of a defendant and verdicts returned in such circumstances are a nullity
14 June 2017

R v Clarke and R v Cooper

The Court of Appeal considers the appropriate sentencing reduction for extreme old age.
2 May 2017

Tracey Riddell

Self-defence can be a defence to dangerous driving, in rare circumstances
2 May 2017

R v Reynolds

It is not inappropriate to have a confiscation order run alongside a repayment arrangement. Issues around the sale of a family home are primarily for the enforcement stage.
13 March 2017

R v Tsekiri

There is no legal or evidential principle which states that a jury cannot consider a case which depends solely on DNA evidence left on an object by a defendant at a crime scene.
13 March 2017

R v Da Silva

The amount of costs a defendant is ordered to pay after conviction should properly take into account the defendant’s acquittal on at least one count and their limited means and ability to pay any amount of costs ordered.
10 February 2017

R. v Ehi-Palmer

Consideration of trial in absence for a defendant who suffered a drug induced psychosis mid-trial.
10 February 2017

R v Mitchell (Angeline)

A jury does not need to be satisfied of the truth of each incident when considering propensity; they should consider on all the prosecution evidence if they are satisfied that there is propensity.
19 December 2016

R v Golds

Consideration of the meaning of “substantially impaired” in diminished responsibility cases.
19 December 2016

R v John Coleman

Where a defendant is struggling to pay a costs order, properly made in the Crown Court, the correct forum to deal with this is the Magistrates Court; not the Criminal Court of Appeal.
21 November 2016

R v Johnson & Others

Consideration of the principles that apply to appealing based on the decision in R v Jogee [2016] UKSC 8
21 November 2016

Forbes & Others, R v

A sentencing judge should have regard to the guidelines, applying them in a measured and reflective manner with reference to the maximum sentence at the time of the offence.
18 October 2016

Dunn & Anor v The Crown

A conviction may be unsafe where there is a disclosure failure that significantly undermines the credibility of an important witness.
18 October 2016

KK v Director of Public Prosecutions

Whether evidence given in a Newton hearing by one defendant was admissible in a trial against a co-defendant where the trial and the Newton hearing were heard at the same time in the Youth Court.
1 September 2016

Powell & Another

Piercing the corporate veil in order to include a pecuniary advantage obtained by a defendant's company when calculating his POCA Benefit
1 September 2016

R v Lionel Rae Fruen

Consideration of s.236A of the CJA 2003, the new "Special custodial sentence for certain offenders of particular concern".
13 July 2016

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