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NATASHA McGARR LL.B (HONS)

Natasha is a member of our Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court team. Since qualifying as a Solicitor in January 2019, she has represented clients at all stages of the Magistrates’ Court and is instructed in both private and legal aided cases. Natasha holds a Higher Court (Criminal Proceedings) qualification giving her the right to represent clients in all criminal courts throughout England and Wales.

Natasha joined Morton’s Solicitors in April 2020 after working for over 4 years in a busy criminal defence practice in Salford. She has gained specialist knowledge from a large caseload of complex cases including murder, rape and serious sexual offences, complex fraud cases, drug conspiracies and serious assaults/wounding.

Natasha has a reputation for her excellent client care. She has experience of representing clients who suffer from mental health issues such as schizophrenia, and vulnerable individuals with autism.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Police Stations

Natasha is a member of our dedicated team of accredited police station representatives and forms part of our 24 hours on call team, providing free and independent legal advice to those detained at the police station or those invited to a voluntary interview under caution with the police.

Magistrates’ Court/Motoring Law

Natasha has specialist knowledge in Motoring law. She has successfully defended clients charged with a broad range of offences including speeding, being drunk in charge, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

 

CROWN COURT

Natasha has extensive experience of representing clients charged with serious offences appearing at the Crown Court, instructing counsel or our in-house Higher Court Advocates. 

 

 

Notable Cases

 

Bolton Crown Court (2016) – Kidnap & Committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence

The Defendant was charged with kidnapping a female with the intention to rape her. CCTV footage had been obtained by the police and from a distance appeared to support the complainant’s version of events. Following the instruction of an expert to enhance the CCTV footage, this showed that the complainant’s account was, at least in part, false. Acquittal after a trial.

Following his acquittal, the defendant applied for a DBS check to resume his work as a taxi driver. The police wanted to disclose the allegation that was made, even though he had been acquitted by a jury following the trial. Successful representations were made and the allegation was not disclosed as part of the DBS application.

Warwick Crown Court (2016) – Operation Barzini – Sexual Offences.

Trial involving 12 defendants jointly charged with serious sexual offences. Defendant charged with 7 counts, including the facilitation of child prostitution, sexual activity with a child, penetrative sexual activity with a child, two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault. After a three-month trial the defendant was acquitted of the serious sexual offences and convicted of only the two less serious counts which carried a significantly lower sentencing range. 

Leicester Crown Court (2017) – Making Indecent Images

The defendant was charged with making indecent images of children. An expert was instructed to assess whether the defendant could have accessed the images on his devices. On the first day of trial the prosecution accepted there was no evidence to show the defendant had in fact accessed the images, or even had knowledge of the images on his devices. The prosecution offered no evidence and the case was dismissed.

Winchester Crown Court (2017) – Murder

The defendant was charged with murder after a body had been found with a serious trauma to the head and multiple stab wounds. The Crown argued that the defendant was not suffering from an abnormality of the mind at the time the offence was committed. It was successfully established by the defence that in fact he was suffering from schizophrenia and was unfit to stand trial.

Manchester Crown Court (2018) – Possession with Intent to Supply Drugs

The defendant admitted possession of drugs with intent to supply them and was facing a lengthy custodial sentence. Expert evidence was obtained to assist with the defendant’s personal mitigation. He was suffering from issues with his mental health and gender identity. The Judge was persuaded that he could depart from the sentencing guidelines due to the mitigation advanced and an immediate custodial sentence was avoided.

Bolton Crown Court (2019) – Common Assault & Committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence

The defendant was charged with committing an offence of common assault with the intention of raping the female involved. Successful representations were made to the Crown concerning the lack of evidence of the alleged intent. The most serious charge was consequently discontinued and the case was remitted back to the Magistrates’ Court to deal with the common assault.

Manchester Crown Court (2019) -Cultivation of Cannabis

Four young males were charged with cultivation of cannabis after being located by the police at a cannabis farm. Issues of modern slavery were advanced. The Crown discontinued the case and offered no evidence against the defendants. .

Leeds Magistrates Court (2019) – Various Offences

The defendant was autistic and suffered from serious behavioural issues. He was subject to a Community Protection Notice and various breaches of that were alleged. This was alongside offences of threats to kill, indecent exposure and criminal damage. The defendant pleaded guilty to offences and was facing an immediate custodial sentence. The defence worked together with the courts and health care professionals, to find a suitable supported living accommodation enabling the Judge to impose a mental health treatment requirement for him thus avoiding a custodial sentence.

 

 

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