Since completing pupillage in 2016, Catherine has established a strong criminal practice. She both prosecutes and defends in cases involving sexual offences, violence, drugs offences, fraud and other dishonesty offences.
R v CP (Taunton Youth Court) – Represented a 14-year-old defendant accused of sexually touching a care worker.
R v D – Defended a man charged with sexual assault. The defendant was a young man with learning difficulties, including autism, and Catherine secured a successful appeal against the conviction.
R v T & T – Catherine was instructed to defend 1 of 2 brothers jointly charged with historic sexual abuse of their younger sister. The client in this case had learning difficulties and the allegations dated back to when he was a youth. Acquitted following a 7-day trial.
Offences of Violence
R v B-R – Catherine successfully defended a childminder charged with assaulting children who were in her care. The case was heard over two days where Catherine secured an acquittal for the defendant.
R v J and others – Defending one of 4 defendants charged on a 13-count indictment, including GBH Sec 18, Aggravated Burglary and Fraud. The defendant received 20-weeks’ imprisonment.
R v S – Defence of a man charged with Threats to Kill. Listed for trial but succeeded in getting the charge dropped before the trial took place.
R v S – Prosecution of women charged with multiple thefts from her own elderly uncle. After a week-long trial, the Jury found the defendant guilty of the charges.
R v S & others [Operation Midas] – Instructed as a disclosure junior, assisting Oliver Willmott & Leanne Woodman, in the prosecution of six defendant charged with fraud in connection with £5m of grants. These were obtained from the EU and Welsh Government funds and tax fraud in connection with the development of rag worm production facilities in Carmarthen.