Wed, 12 Jul 2017
Jonas Hankin QC was Leading Counsel for the Crown in a high profile baby murder trial at which the defendant, having heard the prosecution case, changed her plea from not guilty to guilty.
Young mother Cody-Anne Jackson had denied smothering her toddler daughter Macey, insisting she died from natural causes. But two pathologists told Stafford Crown Court that Macey was most likely to have died after being smothered or having pressure applied to her neck.
As Jackson’s defence team began to put forward her case, the 20-year-old dramatically changed her plea to guilty. She will be sentenced on July 27.
Jonas Hankin QC is a member of the Crime group at No5 and a homicide specialist with acknowledged expertise in cases involving expert medical evidence. He has established himself as one of the country’s leading prosecutors in this field, having successfully prosecuted a succession of high-profile cases, including the murder of four-year-old Daniel Pelka.