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News & Events: James Newton-Price QC

News 23rd October 2020

James Newton-Price QC prosecutes lockdown murderer

James Newton-Price QC has successfully prosecuted Darren McClean for the murder of an elderly man at his home in the early phase of lockdown. Mr Dennis Kellond, an 88 year old widower, was shielding at home in Godstone, Surrey, on 25 April 2020 when the defendant burgled his house and killed him in a brutal […]

News 26th August 2020

James Newton-Price QC and Peter Asteris successfully defend 15 year old boy charged with murder

James Newton-Price QC and Peter Asteris successfully defended a 15 year old boy who was charged with the murder of a 17 year old boy in Southampton in January 2020. The defendant stabbed the deceased in self defence in response to a carjacking robbery. The defence case was that both boys had knives. The 15 […]

News 28th February 2020
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Members appear for Prosecution and the Defence in complex child cruelty trial

Sarah Jones QC / Frank Abbott and James Newton-Price QC / Andy Houston appear for the Prosecution and the Defence respectively in a long and complex child cruelty trial at Southampton Crown Court.   Sarah Jones QC and Frank Abbott prosecuted a female defendant who was charged with multiple offences of causing grievous bodily harm […]

News 19th December 2019
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Couple who abused vulnerable young boys successfully prosecuted

James Newton-Price QC and Andrew Houston successfully prosecuted a male couple who abused vulnerable young boys at their home in Southampton from 2000 to 2005. The leading defendant received an extended sentence of 23 years for rape and multiple sexual offences, following his conviction after a trial lasting four weeks. He was investigated by the […]

Blog 14th November 2019

The Murder of Lucy McHugh: Legal Challenges in R v Stephen Nicholson

I was instructed to defend Stephen Nicholson, aged 25, who was charged with the murder and multiple sexual offences against Lucy McHugh, a 13-year-old girl. The trial took place before Mrs. Justice May at Winchester Crown Court earlier this year. Nicholson lived as a lodger in the same house as Lucy and her family in […]

News 3rd June 2019

Boyfriend successfully prosecuted for brutal murder of partner

James Newton-Price QC has prosecuted a man for beating his partner to death. The defendant, Daniel O’Malley-Keyes of Christchurch, Dorset, battered his partner to death in her own home after she had embarrassed him by her drunken behaviour on a night out in Bournemouth. The victim was found to have 82 areas of bruising to […]

News 17th April 2019

Client cleared of murder of victim who died 11 years after assault

James Newton-Price QC leading Peter Asteris have successfully defended a man aged 35 who was charged with murder after the victim died 11 years after the original alleged assault in 2006. The Prosecution alleged that the victim had died of epilepsy that was caused by the assault. The trial involved complex medical evidence on the […]

News 28th March 2019

James Newton-Price QC persuades Judge not to impose 30 year minimum term

James Newton-Price QC has successfully persuaded a Judge not to impose a 30 year minimum term after evidence at the trial cast doubt on the Prosecution case that the incident was a murder for gain or that his client brought the knife to the scene. His client admitted the fatal stabbing but denied that he […]

News 30th November 2018

Mother and former partner found guilty over death of baby

James Newton-Price QC and Richard Tutt have successfully prosecuted a mother and her male partner for causing or allowing the death of a 24 day old baby in a case which attracted national media coverage. The child died from a skull fracture and associated brain haemorrhage and was found to have sustained 32 rib fractures […]

News 20th July 2018

Client cleared of Basingstoke park death

James Newton-Price QC successfully defended his client who was charged with the murder of a drug dealer working for a London drugs network, following a trial lasting 3 weeks at Winchester Crown Court. The case concerned the fatal  stabbing of a man in a local park in February. The Jury returned Not Guilty Verdicts on […]

News 26th February 2018

James Newton-Price appointed Queen’s Counsel

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that James Newton-Price QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel at today’s ceremony at Westminster Hall. An expert in criminal and regulatory law, he regularly appears for both the defence and for the prosecution. The 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK describes him as ‘highly experienced across the full range of criminal […]

News 12th October 2016

Schoolgirl convicted of attempting to murder former best friend

A 15 year old Hampshire schoolgirl has been convicted of attempting to murder her former best friend in a planned knife attack at school on Monday 25 April 2016. Prosecuting counsel, James Newton-Price told the jury at Winchester Crown Court that the young defendant had become obsessed with serial killers and school shootings, including the […]

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