Zarreen Alam-Cheetham defends in multi-handed case

October 30, 2023

Zarreen Alam-Cheetham from Exchange Chambers has secured a community order for her client after a multi-handed case in which the defendants were charged with a range of serious offences.

Zarreen’s client, who was 16 at the time of the offence, was charged in a six-handed affray.  Other defendants on the indictment were charged with two counts of section 18 wounding with intent and causing grievous bodily harm.

Zarreen’s client attended a property with two others in a balaclava and brandished a baseball bat. The other two were armed with knives. The family of the property came out of their house and armed themselves with weapons, including a hammer and a fight broke out.  Zarreen’s client received an 18-month community order.   Zarreen was instructed Reeds Solicitors.

It is the second community order Zarreen has secured in recent weeks having also acted for a student nurse charged with section 20 unlawful wounding.  A custodial sentence in this case would have likely resulted in the loss of her future career in line with Nursing and Midwifery Council guidelines on criminal convictions.

Zarreen appears and advises on behalf of the prosecution and defence, in a broad range of matters including drug offences, assault and other violent offences, football banning orders, youth matters, dishonesty offences, criminal damage, breaches of court orders and sex cases. Zarreen also accepts instructions in motoring and vehicle crime, and has made successful arguments for Exceptional Hardship on behalf of clients facing disqualification for driving offences.