Jonas Hankin QC prosecutes as murderer is handed life sentence

Thu, 19 Dec 2019

A murderer has been jailed for life over the stabbing of a stranger in the street following a trial prosecuted by a Queen’s Counsel from No5 Barristers’ Chambers.

Jonas Hankin QC was prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court in the trial of Martyn Turley, 58, of Whitehouse Street, Tipton.

Turley initially denied charges of murder and possession of an offensive weapon in public, but later changed his plea after the prosecution opening speech. Turley admitted that he fatally stabbed Stuart Roe, 34, on December 30, 2018, in a street attack.

Turley was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years. A concurrent three-and-a-half year sentence for the weapon charge was also imposed.

Mr Roe, who ran Mr Trim's barbers in Quarry Bank, was pronounced dead at the scene in Springfield Drive, Coombeswood, near Blackheath, after being stabbed several times. He had been found by a member of the public at around 1.30am.

The two men, who were not known to each other, had been out drinking earlier in the previous evening, but with separate groups of friends, according to West Midlands Police.

Their paths did not cross until they met for the first time on Olive Hill Road, near Shell Corner. Around 15 minutes later, Mr Roe was stabbed in Springfield Drive.

When Turley was arrested, blood-stained trousers were found at the address. Forensic tests showed that the DNA on the clothing matched Mr Roe.

Police and prosecutors used the forensic evidence, CCTV footage and witness statements to build their case. The motive for the murder has never been revealed.

To read more about the case, visit: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/chilling-cctv-killer-meeting-stranger-17435313

Related articles

Phil Bradley QC and Siobhan Collins successfully defended JL, who was charged with the manslaughter of his sister’s boyfriend by restraining him in a stranglehold. In a 7-day trial at Leamington Justice Centre, a Jury unanimously acquitted JL after deliberating for just under 2 hours....

Date: Mon, 24 May 2021
On 5th May 2021, following a 3-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the defendant (EJ) was convicted of raping, sexually assaulting and falsely imprisoning prostitutes in the Ladywood area of Birmingham. The case was prosecuted by Phil Bradley QC and Sharon Bahia....

Date: Mon, 24 May 2021
Philip Rule of No5 Barristers’ Chambers was instructed by KRW LAW LLP to represent relatives and supporters of those killed in The Birmingham Pub Bombings 1974...

Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2021