Joel Bennathan QC’s 19-year-old client unanimously acquitted of murder in 2 hours

Brandon Akapea stood trial at the Old Bailey accused of a gang land murder in Battersea in April 2017. Four others had earlier been convicted and given life sentences. The allegation was that a group of 5 young men had driven around South London looking for members of other gangs to attack and kill.  After a trial lasting 3 week, Mr Akapea was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter, with the jury returning after a retirement of about 2 hours.


Joel Bennathan, chair of Doughty Street Crime Team, defended Mr Akapea, leading Alex Rose of Garden Court Chambers, instructed by Guven Ates of Morgan Has Solicitors