Jonathan was called to the Bar in 1992 and has developed a specialised practice in serious violent and sexual offences.
R v Moore (Attempted murder, attempted grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving)
The defendant struck a Muslim woman with his car, drove over her again moments later and subsequently drove at a 12-year-old schoolgirl as revenge for the London 7/7 bombings and the Parsons Green Tube station attack. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a notional determinate term of 40 years.
R v Guzelyurt (Attempted murder)
Prosecution of defendant who subjected his victim to a planned and extremely violent assault at her home in front of her two children. The victim, who had previously reported the defendant to the police for harassment and acts of intimidation, sustained life-threatening injuries to her neck, chest, legs and arms and. The defendant was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 14 years.
Feedback from Victim Support in a Coercive Behaviour case:
“Mr Straw came to talk to the client for some time and explained that the perpetrator had pleaded guilty and what areas this covered. He appeared to have a very good understanding of high risk domestic abuse and really put the client at ease. He also listened to her concerns regarding her children’s safety and put forward her wishes regarding a restraining order.
The client did feel a little disheartened by the sentencing but Mr Straw came out of court and straight into the witness service to explain how he saw the result. He again had a long chat with the client and her family. He gave the client so many positive words of encouragement as to how she has moved on with her life.
I have had many positive interactions with CPS prosecutors but some do not always explain legal matters to clients which can cause confusion and distress. I feel that Mr Straw showed he understood domestic abuse and the client, who has endured serious abuse, felt listened to.”