Adam Davis KC and Glenn Parsons (Park Square Chambers) defended, Byron Goodhall, one of 5 men tried at Manchester Crown Square, for offences that arose when 2 rival groups from Huddersfield clashed at the Manchester Caribbean Carnival in August 2022. It was the prosecution case that this was gang warfare and that on the night in question, Goodhall and at least 4 other men, some armed with bladed weapons, travelled from Huddersfield to Manchester where they were confronted by at least 4 other men from Huddersfield, some carrying firearms. This group shot live ammunition at Goodhall’s group and members of that group including Goodhall were alleged to have chased down one of the rival gang members, Javell Morgan, who was stabbed through the back with a Samurai sword and died at the scene. 2 members of Goodhall’s group were convicted of Murder and in a separate trial, members of the opposing group were convicted of Attempted Murder and Firearms offences. The trial required a comprehensive understanding of the supreme court case of R v Jogee  UKSC 8, concerning the principles of ‘joint-enterprise and ‘R v Heslop and Others  2 Cr. App. R.20 regarding the admissibility of evidence to show that the defendants were affiliated to street gangs, the latter prosecution application being successfully opposed on behalf of Mr Goodhall.
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