Sahara Fergus-Simms

year of call :

2015

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General Crime

R v O & M (2018) (Snaresbrook CC) The client was the first defendant in a joint enterprise, false imprisonment and robbery trial. The client was acquitted of all counts despite pleading guilty to ABH against the same complainant earlier that day and with the entire incident having been audio recorded.

R v B-W (2018) (Chelmsford CC) Client acquitted of ABH (wound to the leg using a shard of glass) and criminal damage whilst being restrained by security guards. He was acquitted despite the admission of bad character evidence, which included a GBH conviction and with the incident also caught on CCTV.

R v P (2018) (Isleworth CC) Client accused of theft from a church. He was acquitted against overwhelming evidence to the contrary including from the church warden and youth worker who were both eyewitnesses to the event.

R v T (2018) (Blackfriars CC) Crown persuaded to discontinue a charge of possession of a bladed article after the defence skeleton argument was served for an application to dismiss. The argument put forward was that the communal hallway in the apartment block was not a public place.

R v E and others (2017) (Inner London CC- 5 days) Instructed for trial in a four-handed ABH where the client was suffering from PTSD. The defence involved the occurrence of dissociative fugue and issues of fitness to stand trial were raised. Successful negotiations with the Crown on the day of trial resulted in the case being discontinued.

R v M (2017) (Harrow CC) Client acquitted after trial of a racially aggravated public order offence against a bus driver where the conduct was captured on CCTV.

R v S (2017) (Southwark CC) Client received a prison sentence reduced to 30 months after the court was persuaded to place him into a ‘lesser role’ in a PWITS Class A, street dealing case, despite evidence to the contrary and with the client in breach of a previous PWITS conviction.

R v W (2016) (Isleworth CC) Defended a client charged with two racially aggravated public order offences.

R v L (2017) (Southwark CC) Persuaded the court to depart from the mandatory minimum 6-month prison sentence for a subsequent bladed article offence.

R v M (2017) (St. Albans CC) Successful appeal against sentence in a careless driving case, where the disqualification was substituted for 6 penalty points.

R v H (2017) (Hammersmith MC) Defendant acquitted in a voyeurism trial where the defence was that he was using the torch on his IPhone to search the changing room floor for his lost drugs.

R v M (2017) (Camberwell Green MC) Defendant acquitted of possession of an offensive weapon after legal argument on whether a baton/torch was offensive per se.

R v F (2016) (Willesden MC) Defendant acquitted of theft after the cross-examination of the police officer who identified the defendant and a successful half time submission on breaches of PACE Code D.

R v T (2016) (Ealing MC) Successful exceptional hardship argument avoiding a totting up ban.

R v B (2017) (Wimbledon MC) Cross-examination of a 10-year- old child complainant in a domestic assault case.

R v J (2017) (Camberwell YC) Persuaded the judge to impose a non-custodial sentence for violent disorder when the YOT had recommended a DTO due to the seriousness of the offence, the client’s antecedents and his unwillingness to comply with his current order or any proposed non-custodial order.

R v S (2017) (Wimbledon YC) Defendant acquitted of theft on a joint enterprise basis.