Tyrone Henry not guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life

Monday 25 April 2016

Tyrone Henry, a 31-year-old father-of-four from Haggerston, has been found not guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.  Mr Henry was represented by James Scobie QC of Garden Court Chambers leading Piers Marquis of Doughty Street Chambers.

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Mr Henry had been charged with attempted murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of an offensive weapon after the gun he was carrying shot a Trident undercover officer during his arrest. The charge of attempted murder was dropped on the first day of the trial, as experts accepted that the gun was faulty and had fired without the trigger being pulled. After a two-week trial, jurors at the Old Bailey acquitted Mr Henry of the second charge. He will serve seven years for possessing a loaded gun.

Though Mr Henry had two previous convictions, he was trying to turn his life around and was holding the gun to stop a fight escalating between two gangs.  James Scobie QC said Mr Henry had been in tears after his arrest, worried about the police officer’s condition, and had actually been "trying to get that gun out of circulation".

The case has been reported in the media, including by the Evening Standard and the Hackney Gazette.

James Scobie QC and Piers Marquis were instructed by Junaid Khan and Sasha Sidhu of SVS Solicitors.

James is a member of Garden Court Chambers’ Crime Team, winners of the Legal 500 Crime Set of the Year 2015 Award.

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