R v Andy Akokye. 2020. Robin Shellard was junior counsel for the prosecution in the trial of Andy Anokye also known as the Grime Artist ‘Solo 45’. Anokye was unanimously convicted by a jury at Bristol Crown Court on the 11thMarch 2020 of 21 counts of rape; five counts of false imprisonment; two counts of assault by penetration and two ABH’s. Originally instructed to prosecute Anokye for rapes against one victim police seized Anokye’s mobile phones and laptop and this led to the police to three other women. Leading Counsel was then instructed. This was a complex and difficult prosecution given the terabytes of data that the defendant had stored; issues of bad character; previous sexual activity between the defendant and the victims and the resulting s.41 applications that were made by the defence.
Operation Nicosia. 2020. Robin Shellard as leading counsel secured convictions against a gang of armed robbers following guilty verdicts at the end of a 4-week trial. The gang targeted taxi drivers, supermarkets and betting shops. The case involved the presentation of complex phone evidence alongside identification and DNA evidence.
R v Smith and others. 2019. Secured convictions against a gang of five burglars who committed over 50 offences of both dwelling house burglaries and ATM cash point ram raids throughout East Anglia during 2018. In a crime spree investigated by the Flying Squad the gang burgled houses to obtain keys to high powered cars which were then stolen to be used as get away vehicles. The gang would then steal farm machinery and trucks to use in the ram raids. They were sentenced on the 27th September at Isleworth Crown Court and received periods of imprisonment of up to 14 years.
Operation Solero . Successful prosecution of 11 defendants in connection with a conspiracy to supply cocaine in Gloucester.
Operation Greenfield 2. In 2018 he was leading Junior in the successful prosecution of a 7-defendant conspiracy to supply kilos of cocaine and cannabis.
R v Gilby and others 2018. He has also in 2018 prosecuted a 15-defendant conspiracy to supply drugs between London and Bristol.
Operation Talon. 2017. Successfully defended in a case brought by National Crime Agency, against members of an Organised Crime Group for transporting a machine gun.
Operation Astoria. 2017. Successfully defended a client for an offence under the modern slavery legislation, in a prosecution brought by Regional Organised Crime Unit against an Organised Crime Group involved in cannabis factories and people trafficking.
R v Crosdale. 2017. Murder. Junior counsel to David Hislop QC and in the retrial Mark Wyeth QC, in the successful defence of a teenager charged with others.
R v Farnham. 2018. Murder. Junior counsel to Patrick Harrington QC.