Darron Whitehead Crime

Call: 1995

Introduction

Having returned home to the Midland Circuit in 2000, Darron has established a busy practice specialising solely in criminal law. Always in demand, he has earnt a reputation for being thorough, approachable and persuasive in his approach to each new instruction. He receives both publicly and privately funded work, with his practice leaning in favour of representing those accused as his reputation for success at trial continues.

His case load reflects a broad range of serious offences varying in complexity & gravity. Regular instructions involve offences of murder, including both well planned or spontaneous acts of killing by individuals as well as gang related offences, child homicides, manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter, serious violent assaults, cases of kidnap and torture, firearms and armed robbery, large scale football match disorders, prison riots and mutiny, matrimonial & stranger rape and other serious sexual offences, large scale undercover police operations targeting importation and supply of drugs, and most recently high profile media cases involving celebrities behaving badly.

He has been led by Queens Counsel on numerous occasions in complex and multifaceted cases before High Court Judges. He too has led Junior advocates in similar cases lasting many weeks at trial. Darron has accumulated considerable experience in the Court of Appeal, presenting and responding to appeals against conviction, sentence and rulings of law.

Darron is a Grade 4 * prosecutor (highest grade) and Pupil Supervisor. He is a member of the Criminal Bar Association.


Crime

Darron has an established busy criminal practice appearing regularly in Birmingham, Wolverhampton & Stafford. His repeated success in trial, whether defending or prosecuting, has resulted in a full diary throughout the year. Amongst regular instructing solicitors, Darron has a reputation for thorough preparation of case papers as soon as they are delivered, providing concise advice and guidance as to the progression of the case in hand. He strives to maintain continuity throughout the court process, creating confidence with each client and reassurance that each case is being prepared and presented to a high standard of professionalism.

His popularity and experience is reflected by his current instructions involving cases of multiple cases of murder, including pre-planned acts of killing [R .v. C & C 2015 - two brothers planned and poisoned their mistress and disposed of her body in an allotment], spontaneous acts of homicide [R .v. H 2014 - the accused stabbed his finance 65 times whilst pregnant and in front of their 2 year old son] and gang related revenge or honour killings [R .v. M 2015 - 5 disguised men set a trap to murder a colleague outside his front door].

Darron has also defended and prosecuted offences of attempted murder [R .v. W 2014 - a burglar was stabbed in the head by a law student as he tried to escape from the targeted address] and manslaughter [R .v. D 2015 - the deceased owed a drug debt and was pushed out of a moving vehicle]. Other cases reflect serious sexual allegations, including stranger rape [R .v. W 2015 - accused waited for his target outside a train station before raping her repeatedly at gun point], rape within the matrimonial home, serious sexual offences against children [R .v. R 2011 - rape of a 12 year old girl by her foster carers].

Other cases have involved the importation or sale of firearms & ammunition, armed robbery, serious violence involving kidnap and torture, undercover police operations infiltrating the importation and supply of drugs, large scale online fraud using the Gumtree website, and allegations of misconduct in public office.

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Corporate and Gross Negligence Manslaughter

Darron has been involved in a number of gross negligence manslaughter cases in this developing area of law. Such cases have required a considerable amount of detailed preparation, involving careful analysis of the evidence and wide research of the issues. Invariably Darron has found that such cases have been the subject of much media attention (see the linked notable case of R .v. Hussain), and where inevitably emotions run high for all interested parties.

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Organised Crime and Terrorism

Darron has prosecuted and defended a number of large scale cases concerning organised crime groups (OCG's), often involving ten or more defendants. His instructions invariably follow months of investigation by the prosecuting authorities, which have focused upon the activities of key individuals, their interaction with others in the planning, commission and concealment of serious criminal enterprises. Cases include:

R .v. P 2012 [Stafford] - successfully prosecuted an organised crime group from Birmingham that travelled to Stafford to execute the head of a rival drugs gang. They unsuccessfully tried to kidnap their victim, but managed to shoot him in the back with shotguns as he tried to escape. Voluminous mobile telephone data and cell siting secured convictions for those involved.

R .v. G 2011 [Birmingham] - defended a member of the Outlaw biker gang for murder who was part of a bikers Chapter that identified & targeted the leader of the local Hells Angel biker gang. The deceased was tracked and shot in the head whilst riding along the M40 motorway. The motive was to steal a rival gangs bikers patch to display in their own clubhouse.

R .v. McG 2011 [Stafford] - prosecuted a professional team of burglars who executed a ram raid of a cash sorting depot in Tamworth. Having driven through security gates, they reversed a lorry through a structural wall and stole £1.85m in 90 seconds. They fled on motorbikes. The money was never recovered. The entire case rested on the evidence of an informant granted anonymity.

R .v. C and others 2010 [Stafford] - a team of 20 established a network of staged road traffic accidents across the country, triggering false insurance claims in excess of £1m for vehicle damage and personal injury.

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Serious Sexual Offences

Darron has developed a strong reputation for both defending and prosecuting serious sexual offences. Such cases are particularly sensitive, often involving multiple complainants and interested parties. They invariably require a high degree of objectivity and detailed preparation, combined with patience and empathy. Recent cases include:

R .v. W 2015 [Birmingham] - successfully prosecuted a man who waited for hours by a train station late at night in order to choose his victim. He then followed his target and at gunpoint, led her into a church yard where he repeatedly raped her.

R .v. P 2015 [Worcester] - prosecuting the owner of a large farming estate who has raped and sexually abused three generations, including, wives, daughters, granddaughters and family pets.

R .v. H 2015 [Manchester] - successfully defended a student accused of rape after a one night stand, having met a young lady at a nightclub and then returning to his apartment together.

R .v. P 2014 [Stafford] - successfully defended a man accused of 28 counts of rape against three different girlfriends dating back to the 1980's.

R .v. S 2012 [Stafford] - successfully defended a scout leader accused of abusing troop members over the last two decades.

R .v. R 2011 [Wolverhampton] - defended a foster carer, who together with his wife, they would photograph their very young female residents in all sexual poses, invariably for their own sexual pleasure, but also for profit.

R .v. D 2010 [Wolverhampton] - successfully prosecuted a serial rapist who targeted dozens of local prostitutes, holding them hostage with knives before raping them. He was driven by revenge and hatred of their occupation.

R .v. S 2010 [Stafford] - defended the head of an elite paedophile network who was pursued and traced by the FBI in the UK. His portfolio of indecent images and videos of children being sexually abused amounted to in excess of one million items. Most of these had been specially commissioned and order by members of the group across the world.

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