Trio jailed for Birmingham shooting which paralysed boy

Wed, 19 Oct 2022

No5's Michael Duck KC and Cathlyn Orchard were successful in prosecuting three gang members for attempted murder.

The case involved the prosecution of a 17 year old and two 20 year old youths for the attempted murder of a 13 year old boy. The prosecution argued that the defendants were part of a renowned gang from the Hockley area of Birmingham. The defendants encountered the boy, and his two colleagues, as they crossed what the defendants regarded as the border of “their” territory.Upon seeing the group the defendants along with two other youths jumped out of the stolen vehicle they were driving and chased the boys into an underpass.

The 17 year old was armed with a homemade “slam gun” which had been created to allow it to discharge shotgun cartridges with lethal effect. The 13 year old boy was shot through the back causing a catastrophic injury to his spinal cord which rendered him paraplegic. The defendants fled the scene and discarded the weapon in the garden of the home of one of their grandmothers. The police recovered the “slam gun” and a pistol from the grandmother’s garden a few days later.

The case involved complex legal arguments about the admissibility of gang evidence and bad character. The prosecution also relied upon a series of expert witnesses which included cell site, ballistics, imagery analysis, CCTV and DNA evidence. 

All 3 were convicted of attempt murder by a jury after trial. The 17 year old was also convicted of possession of the pistol. Each defendant was sentenced to detention for life for attempted murder. The sentencing judge sentenced on the basis the offence was gang motivated. The 17 year old was sentenced to a minimum term of 16 yrs and 8 months, one of the 20 year olds to a minimum term of 17 years and the other to a minimum term of 18 years and 4 months.

Related articles

No5's Michael Duck QC and Cathlyn Orchard were successful in prosecuting three armed response gang members for the attempted murder of a thirteen year old in November 2021....

Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2022
The Bar Council has published a response to the ‘Government’s response to the criminal legal aid independent review and consultation on policy proposals’...

Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2022
Chloe Ashley, who acted as junior Counsel in the trial of Thomas Hughes last year appeared together with leading counsel, Bernard Richmond QC at the Special Court this week as directed by the Lord Chief Justice....

Date: Fri, 06 May 2022