Jamie Hill KC and Paul Rooney defend Christina Robinson

Christina Robinson is accused of murdering her 3-year-old son in November 2022. The child died of a cardiorespiratory arrest as a result of cranial subdural bleeding.

She is also charged with child cruelty. It is alleged that she submerged her son into a bath of scalding water as well as striking him with a bamboo cane.

Trial began on 27.02.24 at Newcastle Crown Court.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2024/feb/27/woman-accused-murdering-son-3-durham-bible-allowed-caning

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/christina-robinson-murder-trial-son-durham-newcastle-crown-court-b1141873.html

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/county-durham-child-murder-trial-28711532

 

Paul Rooney prosecutes Andrea Cardinale for double murder

Andrea Cardinale bludgeoned and stabbed to death two of his friends who lived in the same house as him. At the time he was suffering from undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia. He believed that the two victims were putting evil spells on him, and he could hear their voices in his head telling him to kill them both.

The case involved complex medical reports from two psychiatrists as well as a professor in psychiatry. On review of the psychiatrist evidence the Prosecution agreed that pleas to Manslaughter due to diminished responsibility were appropriate.

Cardinale was made subject to a S37 order with restrictions imposed under S41.

Paul was instructed as junior counsel to Nick Dry Principal Crown Advocate CPS.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-66065645

https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/man-admits-double-killing-beautiful-27230431

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/23878900.sicilian-couple-killed-psychotic-friend-teesside-flat/

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/balaclava-killer-who-bludgeoned-pal-31276685

We Welcome James Colwell And Cainan Lonsdale To Chambers

We are delighted to welcome James Colwell and Cainan Lonsdale to Chambers following the successful completion of their pupillage. Cainan joins our criminal team, accepting instructions to both prosecute and defend. James joins our family team, representing all parties in both private and public law work.