Mary Prior QC is a jury advocate. She undertakes murder trials and other cases involving a death, either of a child or of an employee within the work place.
Mary is regularly instructed in murder cases where the deceased is a spouse or child and in cases where the deceased is a stranger. She is instructed in large scale child sexual exploitation cases which require extensive research and reading of social services material and where cross-examination of often vulnerable complainants is key.
Mary is instructed when sexual allegations are made against the medical, legal, clergy, teachers and social workers where the outcome is far more than a conviction. She is instructed in large scale, complex historic sexual allegations and in cases of people trafficking and slavery. Mary is instructed in large scale drugs and importation of tobacco cases.
She is also instructed in frauds and business crime where a robust challenge of surveillance and documentary evidence is required. Persuasive advocacy with thorough preparation often makes a difference in Mary’s cases.
- Murder, manslaughter
- Child sexual exploitation
- Child sexual abuse
- Fraud and large scale conspiracies to import drugs
Appointments & Memberships
- Midland circuit
R v Keogh (2018)
Murder multiple rape of 72 years old woman in her own bed by 26 years burglar.
Prosecuted for Leicestershire Police. Got life with minimum 32 years. Rape convictions based on medical evidence.
R v Pendery and Crane Leicester Crown Court 2018
This was the defence of a man with mental health difficulties and addiction to alcohol and drugs I was accused good with the co-defendant of savage beating and murder of a male within his home. The issues were causation and joint enterprise. The defendants blamed each other. The case involved complex pathology and forensic evidence, cut throat defences and the cross-examination of a number of vulnerable witnesses. Convicted of manslaughter.
R v Ashwin Daudia Leicester Crown Court 2018
Defence of a husband of the murder of his wife by strangulation. After the death the wife was placed in a suitcase and abandoned in a nearby street. Defence of loss of control. Complex psychiatric and psychological issues. Case involves loved cross-examination of their two sons and forensic analysis of CCTV. Convicted.
R v Lynsey Dunn and Paul Smith Birmingham Crown Court 2018
Prosecution of mother and step father of five years old boy who drowned unsupervised at Market Bosworth water park. Vast quantities of witness statements, photographs and CCTV. Many of the children present were witnesses. Both mother and father had educational difficulties. Obligation to make complex law and facts simple so that all could understand. Step-father convicted of gross negligence manslaughter, mother of cruelty.
R v Craig Keogh Leicester Crown Court 2018
Prosecution of 26 years old male who burgled the home of a 72 years old lady, raped her and murdered her. The issues were causation and consent. Convicted.
R v L Nottingham Crown Court
Defence of L, a 14 years old child with autism who was accused of attempted murder of a stranger. It was said he delivered nine separate blows with the knife causing life threatening injuries including two collapsed lungs, damage to the spleen and liver. The case turned on the evidence of another 14 years old child. The Crown failed to comply with disclosure requests and a section 8 application revealed significantly undermining material. of the main witness. The defendant was acquitted after a five day trial.
Operation Daybreak (2016)
Instructed by the Complex Case Unit to prosecute the sexual abuse of children in Nottinghamshire Children’s homes by social workers and staff. Included the case of R v Logins (social worker who sexually abused four children in the 1980’s). Click Here
R v MK (2016)
Multi handed child sexual exploitation case. Defence of leader of a group of Asian males alleged to have exploited and raped a white teenager with learning disabilities and then controlled her prostitution. Acquitted of all bar two counts out of 23.
R v DB (2016)
Prosecution of teacher for sexual abuse of a student in 1970. Convicted. Appealed. Conviction upheld.
R v S (2016)
Defence of an accountant for attempted murder who stabbed his wife. Guilty plea to section 18.
R v ET (2015)
Defence (led by CD QC) in a joint allegation of murder of a vulnerable defendant who alleged sexual abuse by the deceased. Submission of no case to answer succeeded. Acquitted.
R v WL (2015)
Defence of two offences of attempted murder, multi handed case. Plea to one offence of attempted S18
R V GW (2015)
Defence of father with learning disability accused of sexual abuse by two children both with learning disabilities. Acquitted
R V JF (2014)
Defence of youth accused of rape of his very young cousin with learning disabilities. Acquitted
R v WBC (2014)
Prosecution of group rape of a sex worker. Convicted.
R v AS (2014)
Child sexual exploitation. Defence of an Asian male accused in a multi handed case of grooming and sexual exploitation of a white teenager in Rochdale. Acquitted.
R v James Burton 2014 (Leicester)
Led by William Harbage QC.
Prosecution of male who brutally stabbed his ex partner's new lover. Allegations of cruelty, physical abuse and rape throughout the relationship. Much of the aftermath caught on bodycam footage. Issues diminished responsibility and loss of control. Psychiatric evidence. Click Here
R v Ardavicius (2013)(Leicester)
Prosecution of a man who raped a pregnant sex worker both vaginally and anally before strangling her until she lost consciousness. Trial. Initially he denied the offences. Cell site analysis, telephone evidence and CCTV footage put him at the scene. He then alleged he was the victim of a robbery. Received a Delivering Justice Individual Award for this case from the Leicestershire Constabulary. Click Here. Click Here
R v Rizwan Ahmed and others (2012) Nottingham
Led by Rudi Fortson QC
Defence of one of five men accused of the brutal murder of a man in broad daylight in Derby. Issues, presence, cell site analysis, telephone evidence, CCTV footage and causation. Click Here
R v Jacques (2012) Leicester
Mother indicted for murder of her baby. She smothered her child following a very difficult period in her life. In due course following psychiatric assessment a guilty plea to infanticide was agreed. Click Here
Other posts and committees
- On the working committee for the questioning of inebriated witnesses/complainants
- Legal advisor to Healed with Compassion
- Co-organiser of the Leicester Schools Mock Trials Competition