11th Jun 2024


Tom Poole KC instructed by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (London) for the respondent

Case summary


The main issues are: (i) whether the Court of Appeal wrongly considered only two out of Bastian’s twelve grounds of appeal; (ii) whether the evidence was sufficient to convict Bastian; and (iii) whether Bastian was prejudiced by a joint trial, which presented the jury with evidence which was not admissible against him.


On 12 May 2013, Anton Bastian and two other men, Craig Johnson and Marcellus Williams, robbed two women of their purses at a restaurant. A bystander intervened. A struggle ensured between the bystander and Johnson while Bastian and Williams fled the scene. Johnson shot and fatally injured the bystander.

All three men were arrested and charged. On 3 November 2015 they were found guilty of one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery. They were each sentenced to forty years’ imprisonment. All three appealed their convictions and their sentences to the Court of Appeal. Their appeals were dismissed. Anton Bastian now appeals to the JCPC.



Anton Bastian


The King



Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Hamblen, Lord Burrows, Lord Richards, Lady Simler

Hearing start date

15 April 2024

Hearing finish date

15 April 2024

Watch hearing
15 April 2024 Morning session Afternoon session

Judgment details

Judgment date

11 June 2024

Neutral citation

[2024] UKPC 14


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