Nigel Sweeney

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Sir Nigel Hamilton Sweeney (born 18 March 1954), styled The Hon. Mr Justice Sweeney, is a High Court judge.

Previously he was a barrister in the United Kingdom, practising from 6 King's Bench Walk. He has appeared in a number of cases including the trials of the 1984 IRA Brighton bombing and the attempted bombings of 21 July 2005.[1]

Sweeney studied law at the University of Nottingham under Sir John Cyril Smith, was called to the bar in 1976 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2000. He was appointed to the High Court in September 2008.[2]

Sweeney prosecuted Michael Stone in the Chillenden Murders case (1998),[3] and he presided over the trial in February and March 2013 of former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne MP and his former wife, Vicky Pryce, for perverting the course of justice contrary to common law.[4]

He was the presiding judge in the trial of two men responsible for the murder of Lee Rigby in 2013[5] and was the presiding judge in the trial of Rolf Harris.

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  1. ^ 21 July trial legal figures BBC, 1 February 2007.
  2. ^ Rozenberg, Joshua (14 September 2008). "Two women among five new High Court judges". London: Daily Telegraph. 
  3. ^ "Stone 'boasted about murders'". Daily Mail. London, UK. 
  4. ^ C. Greenwood, "Huhne and ex-wife set for speeding points trial", The Daily Mail, (28 January 2013)
  5. ^ "Lee Rigby murder: Adebolajo and Adebowale jailed". BBC News. BBC. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.