Crime Team blog: this week in chambers

In: Article Published: Friday 16 April 2021

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Good afternoon all

I hope you are keeping well.

Welcome to the crime team weekly blog for the week commencing 9th April:

This week, Andrew Hill, Nigel Edwards QC and Paul Williams and have variously been engaged in legal arguments in a case listed for two weeks of legal arguments before HHJ ward at WCC. The case involves 26 Defendants on an indictment facing child abuse and historic abuse charges.

Today, Paul Williams represented a Grandfather who was convicted at Trial of raping his Granddaughters and niece aged 2 - 8 yrs. The Defendant received a total sentence of 21 years imprisonment for cases of a similar very serious nature. The Prosecution view it as an unduly lenient sentence and intend to AG Reference it to Appeal the Sentence.

Representing a Senior Prison Nurse in matters which relate to serious misconduct in a Public Office, Mohammed Saqib has been successful in putting forward an agreeable basis of plea. As a result the seriousness of the criminality has been reduced significantly to allow the Judge sitting at Aylesbury Crown Court to consider a suspended sentence in the coming weeks.‚Äč

Ylenia Rosso secures a suspended sentence order in a case where her client sent an indecent photo of a police officer to a newspaper. Ms Rosso argued that there were serious mental health issues at play following domestic abuse and that immediate custody would be detrimental. The Court agreed. 

Ylenia Rosso secures a fine and a 42 day ban from driving in a case of careless driving aggravated by serious injury caused to a passenger: namely broken vertebrae requiring metal pins to be in place and a long period of recovery 

Ylenia Rosso secures an acquittal in a case where her client was charged with driving whilst disqualified. Ms Rosso argued that the Crown's unused material, namely body worn footage, supported the defence's case that her client was not driving.