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Tina is an experienced criminal advocate specialising in defending and prosecuting a wide range of serious offences. She deals with offences of murder, drugs conspiracies, fraud and money laundering and has particular expertise in sexual offences against adults and children.
Tina is often instructed in complex paper heavy cases which require detailed analysis and an ability to identify the relevant information. Her experience in fraud, false accounting, confiscation and VAT evasion cases ensures that she is able to provide clients with comprehensive, detailed and technical advice. She enjoys working as part of a team to prepare cases thoroughly and ensure that her clients’ interests are protected. She likes to work closely with her clients to try and put their minds at rest and is always happy to sit down and discuss issues that arise in conferences.
She is a category 4 and specialist rape prosecutor.
She was appointed as a Recorder in the Crown Court in 2009 and has recently been authorised to try serious sexual offences.
Tina was the Independent Legal Advisor to the Hate Crime Scrutiny Panels of Yorkshire and Humberside between 2007 and 2011. As a result, she is a specialist in offences involving matters of race, religious, homophobic and trans-phobic crime as well as domestic violence, abuse of persons with disabilities and elder abuse.
She has prepared and presented complex cases involving thousands of pages of evidence and unused material. She is able to assimilate relevant facts quickly from vast quantities of paperwork.
She has encountered many types of expert evidence including the use of DNA evidence, computer analysis, telephone and cell site analysis.
Recent examples of cases in which she has been instructed include:
• R v Eatough - defended case involving the sale of fraudulently imported cigarettes through market stalls involving evasion of VAT.
• R v Naveed - defended in conspiracy involving fraudulent dealing of goods worth £2.2 million.
• R v Dar - defended in conspiracy to obtain eBay goods through fraudulent use of credit cards.
• R v Lawson - defended in multi-handed money-laundering case involving the transfer of cash through bank accounts.
• R v Barnett and Duncan - prosecution of brothel keepers, involving money-laundering and multi-million pound confiscation.
• R v Yearsley - Leading Junior in a 14-handed VHCC million pound Waste Management fraud. Case involved complex hearsay applications to adduce damaging evidence from a dead witness.
• R v Redonda - this was a conspiracy to import large quantities of cocaine into Manchester from the Dominican Republic hidden inside Lycra shorts. Cut throat defence with co-accused.
• Operation Saw - Tina represented a defendant in a conspiracy to import heroin into the UK via airports in Manchester and Leeds/Bradford on a number of separate occasions from Pakistan.
• Operation Juniper – multi-handed large-scale drugs conspiracy to supply cannabis in Wales, England and Scotland. The case involved extensive cell site evidence to link defendants. The prosecution alleged the defendants had links to other large-scale drugs conspiracies in the UK and in Europe.
• R v Khan - one of the first cases involving Asian defendants accused of raping and prostituting a white girl in care. Significant legal argument as to whether cases should be tried together and what background evidence was admissible including sexual history applications and bad character. There were 48 hours of video evidence from one child witness. The case involved sensitive cross-examination of a child who had a history of self-harming and had attempted suicide the night before cross-examination.
• R v Hysa and others – multi-defendant/multi-victim people trafficking, rape and control of prostitution case. The victims were trafficked from Eastern Europe into brothels in Manchester via the Midlands and ‘sold’ to men in London.
• Operation Span - The ‘Rochdale Grooming’ Case. Tina represented one of eleven Asian defendants charged with sexual exploitation of girls in care or known to social services. The case caused extensive protests by the English Defence League and drew attention from the British National Party. Verdicts appeared to have been reported on the Internet before they were delivered in Court.
• R v Drury – schoolteacher charged with offences of sexual activity with sixth form pupils and possession of indecent images of pupils. Allegations included inciting children to have sex in front of him outside of school. Defence expert evidence resulted in prosecution abandoning some charges of indecent images.
• R v Helm and others – Tina prosecuted the driver for death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice along with his passengers who were charged with perverting the course of justice. After driving at high speed, the car crashed and a passenger was killed. The body was dragged from the car and the car was set on fire to destroy evidence. Involved expert evidence from 5 witnesses including expert analysis of CCTV footage of the speeding car to identify the make and model.
• R v Bhatti – defended husband charged with murdering his wife. Prosecution alleged the killing was because the deceased had an affair. Partial defence was ‘loss of control’. The case was complicated by extensive bad character evidence despite the defendant being of good character.