Private Prosecutions: Notable case

R -v- Somaia (Ketan) (2014)

On Friday 13 June 2014, Ketan Somaia was convicted by a jury of 9 counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception (a total of $19.7 million), contrary to section 15A of the Theft Act 1968, following a private prosecution at the Central Criminal Court. The private prosecution was conducted on behalf of the first complainant by Peters & Peters solicitors and is believed to be the largest private prosecution brought by an individual in the UK to date. The prosecution was represented in court by William Boyce QC and Rachna Gokani.

Please see:

Peters & Peters press release: http://www.petersandpeters.com//News/press-release-conviction-ketan-somaia-largest-private-prosecution-case-central-criminal-court
 
The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jun/13/tycoon-ketan-somaia-guilty-convicted-swindle
 
The Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4118782.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_06_13
 

The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2657248/Business-tycoon-boasted-friends-billionaire-Hinduja-brothers-fleeced-wealthy-investors-12million.html

Notable cases:

R -v- Mahoney (2015)
A Northern Ireland man was sentenced to 4 years in prison at Londonderry Crown Court last week for running an internet pirac
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

Helidon Vuciterni (2014)
David Groome and Ari Alibhai acted for the Premier League in the successful prosecution today of Helidon Vuciterni and his c
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

Dancing Jesus (aka: Kane Robinson -&- Richard Graham) (2014)
Private Prosecution success against Dancing Jesus website
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

R -v- Danks (Philip) (2014)
Philip Danks, ringleader of a sophisticated online and filming piracy network, was sentenced to 33 months in prison at Wol
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

R -v- Somaia (Ketan) (2014)
Successful private prosecution, Ketan Somaia was convicted by a jury of 9 counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception.
William Boyce QC | Rachna Gokani

R v Anton Vickerman [www.surfthechannel.com] 2009-2014 (2014)
Prosecution brought on behalf of the Federation Against Copyright Theft against the operator of one of the world’s most

R -v- Reid & Lewis - Araditracker (2013)
Instructed by Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland to prosecute in the alleged operation of the film torrent
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

R -v- Zinga (Munaf) (2013)
Private Prosecution (on behalf of Virgin Media Ltd) of importer and wholesaler of devices designed to defraud Virgin Media.
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

R v Rayyonics Ltd (2012)
Illicit set-top box supplier
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

Virgin Media v Faulkner and others (2010)
Multi-defendant cable television fraud
David Groome | Ari Alibhai

For more information on crime-related matters, please contact the clerks on 020 7933 8855 or barristers@qebhw.co.uk