Rhianna has built her practice defending in a range of offences in the Crown and Magistrates’ Court including sexual offences, drugs and violence.
R v F – Successful defence of a man charged with causing grievous bodily harm to their partner. The injury sustained was a fractured cheekbone.
R v V – Persuaded the court to make an absolute discharge in relation to a woman with significant mental health issues, including PTSD, bi-polar disorder and borderline personality disorder, who was charged with several counts of assaulting an emergency worker.
R v B – Successfully persuaded the court to grant conditional bail in a case involving a teenager charged with murder who was previously detained in youth detention accommodation.
R v C – Represented a defendant alleged to have assaulted and made threats to kill his long-term partner. Successful submission of no case to answer relating to both charges.
R v H – Successfully persuaded the court to make a lengthy community order in a case of a particularly vulnerable drugs user. The defendant was charged with multiple counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs on separate occasions. The court accepted that there was exceptional personal mitigation which justified a sentence which focused on the rehabilitation of the defendant.