Marie Spenwyn

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Homicide and Corporate Manslaughter

R v Lewis [2018] Leicester CC: Instructed to defend with Queen’s Counsel a football fan charged with a one-punch manslaughter. Crown offered no evidence on the manslaughter after expert evidence on causation forced a review. The Independent and BBC News.

R v Ahmed [2018] Central Criminal Court: Led by Queen’s Counsel in murder trial featuring group attack at a party in East London with a significant number of eye-witnesses. Evening Standard article and The East London Advertiser

R v Thurston [2018] Chelmsford CC: Instructed in high-profile case of gross negligence manslaughter concerning the death of a seven year-old child on a bouncy castle. For further information and press interest click here

R v Zakaria Bulhan (2017) CCC: Heavily publicised incident in which mentally disordered defendant held responsible for the Russell Square attacks in August 2016. The Honourable Mr Justice Spencer at the Central Criminal Court imposed a hospital order in consequence of his severe mental impairment. Instructed by Ewings Solicitors. The attacks were originally thought to be terrorist in nature although this was soon dispelled when it became plain that the defendant was suffering from a severe mental illness.  The defendant was described by psychiatrists as being “floridly psychotic”.  The ensuing violence led to the death of an American tourist and the stabbing of five further people.  Prosecution ultimately accepted pleas to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and s18 woundings.  There were significant medical and legal arguments concerning whether the appropriate sentence should be a hospital order pursuant to section 37/41 MHA 1983 or life imprisonment.  The sentencing Judge The Honourable Mr Justice Spencer imposed a hospital order with an indefinite restriction at the Central Criminal Court on the 7th February 2017. For further information and press interest click here

R v Lee (2016) Guildford CC: Murder charge relating to death of a night porter in a hotel.

R v L (2016) CCC: allegation of attempted murder using a firearm

R v E Blackfriars CC (2015): Instructed to represent defendant in allegation of attempted murder.

R v D Kingston CC (2015): Instructed to represent female defendant accused of attempting to murder her partner using a knife.

R v B and another Central Criminal Court (2015): Led by Queen's Counsel.  Successful half-time submission for client who was 17 years old at the time accused of joint enterprise stabbing

R v Farah & 2 others Central Criminal Court (2014): Leading junior in relation to a disturbance during which the Crown alleged a murder takes place.  Acquitted of violent disorder.

R v Loufimpou Snaresbrook CC (2014): Led by Queen's Counsel on an allegation of attempted murder put on a joint enterprise basis.

R v Thomas & another (2013) CCC: Junior Counsel in murder where Crown’s case was a case of mistaken identity of the victim. For press coverage, click on the links below: 

This is Croydon Today- South Norwood rapper's killers given 47 years. 
The Daily Mail - Gunmen shot innocent man in case of mistaken identity. 

R v O: Central Criminal Court (2011): Led junior instructed in the high-profile murder trial concerning the Victoria Station stabbing, involving fifteen young defendants. For national press coverage, click on the links below:

The Daily Mail - The Samurai Tube killers: Gang of teenagers who punched, kicked and stabbed boy of 15 to death in feud between schools are jailed
BBC News - Woman jailed for Victoria station killing of Sofyen Belamouadden
BBC News - Killers of Sofyen Belamouadden at Victoria Station detained

R v Woods and others Blackfriars CC (2011): Attempted murder concerning a shooting at an underground station involving very young defendants. For press coverage, click on the links below:

BBC News - Man shot in the back at Harlesden Tube station
This is London - 'Thugs of Stonebridge' jailed for attempted murder of footballer
The Kilburn Times - Harlesden train station shooting: Four jailed for a total of 37 years

R v Smith and others - Central Criminal Court (2010): Led junior in a six-handed murder trial put on a joint venture basis and involving further firearms offences. Click here to read BBC News Article; click here to read Croydon Guardian article