- R v S & Another (2023): Central Criminal Court – 46 year old defendant jointly charged with his 31 year old girlfriend of the murder of her step-father. The victims body had never been discovered. The prosecution relied on electronic data and CCTV evidence to track the movements of the victim, undercover police officers' interactions with the first defendant, and telephone data to support the assertion that the victim was deceased. The case involved an extensive critical analysis of the proof of life enquiries undertaken by police, along with the forensic and CCTV enquiries undertaken during the course of the investigation. Led by Caroline Goodwin KC.
- R v U (2023): Liverpool Crown Court – The 31 year old defendant was tried in relation to the 2015 murder of an 18 year old male. It was alleged that following an altercation with the deceased's teenage brother the day before, the defendant and two associates had sought out the deceased in a revenge attack in which he sustained wounds consistent with the discharge of a sawn off shot gun. The defendant left the country in the hours following the murder, he was extradited to the UK in 2022 following his arrest in Spain for firearm offences. The defendant denied presence or involvement in the shooting. Extensive cross examination was undertaken in relation to cell site and forensic opportunities. The defendant was acquitted of murder and manslaughter. Led by Caroline Goodwin KC.
- R v C & Another (2023): Newcastle Crown Court – The 19 year old defendant was charged alongside one other with the murder of an 18 year old male, whose body was recovered from a clandestine grave near to the river Wear approximately 6 weeks following his death. The deceased died as a result of what appeared to be a frenzied and persistent knife attack upon him. The defendant accepted presence at the time of the assault but denied being a party of a joint enterprise. Extensive cross examination was undertaken in relation to forensic evidence pointing to the presence of other persons within the grave and also in relation to cell site and anthropological evidence. The defendant was found not guilty of both murder and manslaughter. Led by Caroline Goodwin KC.
- R v E & Others (2022): Newcastle Crown Court – Juvenile defendant, charged alongside two other teenagers, in relation to the murder of an adult male, fatally stabbed outside of his home address. The Crown contended that the three defendants had attended at the property armed in order to attack the deceased’s teenage son – however, turned their attention to the deceased when he returned to the property unexpectedly. The defendant accepted presence at the time of the assault and to being in possession of an axe but denied being a party to a joint enterprise assault of the deceased. Defendant found not guilty of both murder and manslaughter. He was also found not guilty of being in possession of an offensive weapon. Led by Caroline Goodwin KC
- R v K & Another (2022): Newcastle Crown Court – 21-year-old defendant accused, alongside one other defendant, with the murder of a 20-year-old male found deceased in a disused electrical box. Extensive cross examination undertaken of the Home Office Pathologist in relation to the cause of death, the number of blows inflicted prior to death and the impact of a delay in medical assistance. Led by Caroline Goodwin KC.
- R v O & Others (2022): Newcastle Crown Court – Juvenile defendant accused of the unprovoked murder of an 18-year-old male, along with 9 other juvenile defendants. Substantial argument was undertaken in relation to the application of Jogee. Led by Caroline Goodwin KC.
- R v L & Others: (2018): Luton Crown Court – 14-year-old defendant accused of the premeditated murder of an 18-year-old male, along with one other juvenile defendant. Led by Kings Counsel.
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