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Senghin Kong

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Recent Cases


Notable Cases

  • R v Alexander Blackman [Court Martial Appeal Court] 2017

    Murder reduced to manslaughter following CCRC reference and second appeal

    Jeffrey Israel and Senghin Kong led by Jonathan Goldberg QC and instructed under the Bar Direct Access scheme, represented former Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman (also known as “Marine A”) who succeeded after a long campaign for justice in having his conviction for murder reduced to manslaughter by diminished responsibility. The campaign was led by the renowned author Frederick Forsyth and the Daily Mail, and supported by thousands of members of the public.

    The new legal team submitted a 100-page report to the CCRC in December 2015. A year later the CCRC referred the case back to the Court Martial Appeal Court who swiftly quashed the conviction for murder and imposed a sentence for manslaughter which would allow for the former sergeant’s almost immediate release. Outside Court after the sentencing hearing on 28 March 2017, the wife of Marine A, Mrs Claire Blackman said: 

    “We are overjoyed at the judges’ decision to significantly reduce Al’s sentence, such that he can be released imminently. This is the moment that we have all been fighting hard for. It is hard to believe that this day is finally here. There are so many people we must thank for getting us here. They include of course our brilliant legal team, Jonathan Goldberg QC, Jeffrey Israel and Senghin Kong, thank you all. They also include the fabulous Frederick Forsyth and the wonderful Richard Drax MP, both of whom have fought tirelessly in support of Al.” 

    Mrs Blackman later added:

    “Jeffrey consistently offered us calm, considered and professional advice. His patience knows no limits. His knowledge and observation skills meant that he was always open and honest - never promising anything he couldn't deliver. And he certainly delivered.”

    “What Senghin doesn't know about the law and its application isn't worth knowing. His knowledge and attention to detail is incredible and yet his approach was always to help us clearly understand and explore solutions. Everyone needs a Senghin on their team.”

    To read more about this case please use the links below:

    Daily Mail report on the sentencing (28 March 2017)

    Telegraph report on the sentencing (28 March 2017)

    The sentencing remarks (28 March 2017)

    Daily Mail report on the conviction being quashed (15 March 2017)

    Guardian report on the conviction being quashed (15 March 2017)

    The appeal judgment (15 March 2017)

    Joshua Rozenberg’s commentary in anticipation of the appeal hearing (5 February 2017)

    Daily Mail Campaign for Justice page

  • R v S [Court of Appeal] 2017

    Appeal against Rape Conviction

    Senghin Kong led by Jonathan Goldberg QC represented S at his appeal against conviction for rape and other offences against his ex-wife. The prosecution case depended on the hearsay evidence of the ex-wife who had sent a number of letters from Israel, some of which stated that her initial complaint to the police was false or inaccurate. Fulford LJ allowed the appeal on the basis that the trial judge’s direction had been inadequate in circumstances where the complainant had given two contradictory accounts. Instructed by Sonn McMillan Walker.

  • R v. Anwar & ors [C.C.C.] 2016

    Attempted Murder

    Catherine Farrelly leading Senghin Kong in this prosecution of 6 defendants on charges including attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery and conspiracy to rob. At the close of the prosecution case the learned Judge upheld submissions of no case to answer on the charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery. As a result the prosecution appealed this at an expedited hearing. The Court of Appeal allowed the prosecution appeal and the trial continued on all charges. Leveson LJ gave the judgment of the court reported here. The 6 defendants were eventually convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to commit robbery and conspiracy to rob. The case involved complex cell site evidence and legal argument. Guardian report here.

  • R v. F & ors [Canterbury] 2013

    Conspiracy to assist Unlawful Immigration

    Mark Dacey led Senghin Kong defending an accounts manager at a security company. The defendant was charged with two counts of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. The allegation was that the company was receiving refugee passports unlawfully issued by a corrupt Home Office official. The defendant was acquitted of one of the counts at the close of the prosecution case following a successful submission of no case to answer, and acquitted of the other by the jury after a 3 month trial. Instructed by Thomas Boyd Whyte Solicitors.

  • R v. B & ors [Harrow] 2013

    Bogus college immigration fraud

    Jonathan Higgs QC led Jonathan Polnay and Senghin Kong prosecuting three defendants involved in running a bogus college for conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. The defendants were convicted after a 3 month trial. The case involved complex legal argument in relation to Griffiths-type conspiracies and substantial disputed evidence from forensic accountants. Senghin Kong was instructed to prosecute the resulting 3 day confiscation hearing without a leader, against three QCs and juniors. Instructed by CPS Central Fraud Group.