Serious Assaults

R v H

[Birmingham CC]:

H was charged with S18 wounding. The victim sustained life changing injuries following an attack with a metal bar or hammer. It was alleged that H carried out the attack as part of a dispute between two groups. We successfully defended the S18 charge. H was convicted of S20 wounding following trial.

R v H

[Birmingham CC]:

C was charged with S18 wounding. C’s father had sustained life threatening injuries following an attack by the complainant. Having come across his father in the injured state, C located the complainant and beat him mercilessly with a plank of wood.

R v B

The defendant was serving a sentence in prison, when he fell out with the victim, who was serving three life sentences for murder. The victim had boiling hot sugared water thrown over his face, causing permanent disfigurement.

R v C

The defendants were involved in large scale disorder in a prominent club in Birmingham on a busy Saturday night. One of those involved suffered life-threatening injuries, requiring 230 stitches. Another was chased and beaten with a wooden pole, rendering him unconscious.

R v R

A Birmingham gang split into two factions. The victim was the mother of a leader of one faction. As she opened her front door she was confronted by a member of the other faction and shot in the legs and arms at point blank range.

R v W

[And Others]:

We represented a defendant who, together with others, went to a relative’s house to resolve a family dispute over the sale of a dog by our client to his uncle. The uncle also attended with others. Both groups produced guns and started to shoot each other. The judge described the events like a scene out of the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Our client received two gunshot wounds to his back, leaving him in a wheelchair.

R v D

Following a fire at her house, the victim was moved to a hotel room where the defendant (her nephew) was said to have poisoned and strangled her. She was then placed in a bath to make it look like suicide, but survived. The police believed the nephew also set the fire. The motive was to cover the nephew’s withdrawal of substantial amounts of cash, which he had used to purchase designer clothes for himself and his partner.

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