Joan’s recent cases where she has appeared as instructed trial advocate:
2017 R v Smilginene successfully defended a woman who stabbed her partner during a violent domestic dispute. The defendant always maintained that she had acted in self defence. On the first day of trial the complainant admitted that he had written a letter to the defendant shortly after the incident apologising for his violent behaviour. The prosecution offered no evidence and a not guilty verdict was entered. Client was acquitted upon the direction of the trial judge.
2016 R v Ayodele successfully defended the first prosecution brought by Lewisham Metropolitan Police against a client charged with controlling and coercive behavior in an intimate personal or familial relationship. The trial Judge commented on Joan’s cross-examination of the main prosecution witness as being “fair and effective.” Client acquitted.
2016 R v Williams successfully defended a client charged with making a threat to kill and assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Client acquitted.
2016 R v Hassan successfully defended a client charged with burglary and assault.The defendant was charged along with her 17 year old sister. Both defendants were acquitted of all charges by a jury that took 6 minutes to reach their verdicts.
2016 R v Lamplough successfully defended a client charged with robbery. Client acquitted at the end of the prosecution case upon the direction of the trial judge.
2016 R v Ebanks successfully defended a 16 year old girl charged with conveying drugs and a mobile phone into prison. Her 2 co-defendants were convicted. Client acquitted.
2016 R v Hughes successfully defended a client charged with affray and having a samurai sword in his possession after he chased a group of youths away from his property. Client acquitted.
2016 R v Roberts successfully defended a client who was jointly charged with her 16 year old daughter with internet fraud. Her daughter was selling clothing items on the internet but did not honour the orders and used her mother’ bank account via paypal to retain the monies. Her daughter was later to change her plea to guilty. Client was acquitted upon the direction of the trial judge.
2015 R v Koroma successfully defended a client charged with robbery. He was one of 3 defendants accused of luring victims under the pretext of selling them goods advertised on gumtree. His 2 co-defendants were convicted. Client acquitted.
2015 R v Parris successfully defended a client charged with conspiracy to commit blackmail, kidnap and false imprisonment. He was acquitted of all charges. 3 others were convicted each receiving sentences of 10 years imprisonment. Client acquitted.