R v. P and Others (2022)
Instructed to defend in multi-handed gang related knife murder. Mark’s client was acquitted of murder, manslaughter and three separate conspiracies to cause grievous bodily harm. The only offence of which Marks client was convicted was robbery for which Mark secured a youth rehabilitation order.
R v. Adeyanju and Others (2021)
Instructed to defend in multi-handed murder trial linked to a conspiracy to rob. Mark’s client was a lead defendant and was acquitted of murder and convicted of the lesser offence of manslaughter.
R v. Jessop (2021)
Instructed to prosecute domestic murder in the context of coercive and controlling behaviour. The case involved substantial expert evidence dealing with insanity, diminished responsibility and loss of control. Mark secured a conviction and successfully resisted the follow-on appeal proceedings in relation to both conviction and sentence.
R v. J (2019)
Instructed to prosecute an evidentially challenging allegation of manslaughter. The deceased fell from the steep edge of his front garden and suffered fatal injuries. It was alleged that the fall was the result of an assault by the defendant, however, there were no witnesses. The case was based purely on circumstantial evidence, including forensics and, footprint evidence and pathology. Mark successfully resisted a dismissal application and went on to secure a conviction.
R v. O and others (2019)
Instructed to defend the first defendant in a three handed knife murder. The deceased was tortured and killed having been released from prison. He had served 33 years of a life sentence for the murder of a child in the 1980’s. Mark’s client ran a cut throat defence, asserting that the second defendant was solely responsible for the killing. Mark’s client was acquitted of murder and manslaughter following a six-week trial in Cardiff Crown Court before Lewis J. The second defendant was convicted of murder.
R v. M and another (2018)
Instructed to prosecute this two-handed knife murder. Mark secured the conviction of both defendants following a four-week trial in Newport Crown Court before Simler J.
R v. F and Others (2018)
Instructed to defend the second defendant (aged 14) in a three handed knife murder. Mark’s client also faced an additional charge of attempted GBH. Mark’s client was acquitted of all charges following a six week trial at the Old Bailey. Mark’s client was the only defendant to be acquitted of all charges.
R v. B and others (2017)
Instructed as Queen’s Counsel for the second defendant in a seven-handed conspiracy to murder case, due to be tried before Dove J, commencing 28th February 2017.
R v. D and others (2016)
Led junior for the defence in a five-handed conspiracy to murder tried over eight weeks before the Recorder of Manchester. Channel 4 are currently preparing a documentary in relation to the case.
R v. O’S (2015)
Led junior in the case of the “Stelfox House” double murder. An extremely rare category of case that involved a lone defendant being accused of double murder within the context of a single incident.
R v. S (2013)
Junior alone in a three handed murder. Mark had to return this case prior to trial, however, before returning it he drafted a written application to dismiss the murder charge against Smith and this argument was successfully advanced before the Recorder of Stafford by Queen’s Counsel who replaced Mark. The KC in question confirmed that the application was allowed purely on the basis of Mark’s written submission.
R v T and others (2011)
Leading Junior for the first defendant in a nationally reported, three-handed murder, where the body of the deceased was kept in a flat for a number of days before being disposed of via a wheelie bin.