Sir Richard Henry Quixano Henriques (born October 27, 1943) is a retired British judge. who was a judge of the High Court of England and Wales.
Early Life And Education
Henriques was born in South Fylde, studied at Southdene, on the South Shore, and at the Lawrence House Preparatory School in Lytham St Annes. He then attended Bradfield College and then Worcester College, Oxford.
He was called to the bar (Inner Temple) in 1967 and made a bencher in 1994. Henriques was appointed Queen’s Council in 1986. In 1993 Henriques acted as lead attorney for the prosecution in the James Bulger murder trial, during which he successfully refuted the doli incapax principle, which at the time presumed that young children could not be held legally responsible for their actions. In 1999, he prosecuted serial killer Dr. Harold Shipman for the murders of fifteen patients under his care. Later he was appointed Registrar of the Crown Court, and on April 19, 2000, he was appointed judge of the Superior Court, receiving the title of habitual knight, and assigned to the Division of the Banco de la Reina. He retired in November 2013. In February 2016, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, asked Henriques to conduct an independent review of the Metropolitan Police Service’s handling of allegations of non-recent sexual offenses against persons of public importance. Their report, published in October 2016, made 25 recommendations on the future conduct of such investigations.
Harold Shipman Case
Sir Richard Henriques, one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers, played a leading role in some of the most notorious trials in recent years. Now retired as a Supreme Court judge, he offers a unique insight into the inner workings of our justice system, beginning with the case of Harold Shipman, a GP who was also a serial killer and who murdered at least 215 of his patients.
At a crowded and hushed Preston Crown Court in October 1999, I rose as prosecuting counsel to open the case against Britain’s most prolific serial killer. ‘The defendant,’ I began, ‘is a GP. The prosecution allege he has murdered 15 of his patients by administering substantial doses of morphine or diamorphine, thereby causing their death.