Appeals

  • M B: A G’s Reference that sentence was too lenient. M B had been found in possession of 13 kilos of Heroin. Pleaded guilty. Received a sentence of under 4 years. Further, nominal Order made under POCA. Successfully defended sentence and POCA Order.
  • M B: M B found guilty of a vicious wounding of his family. Successfully appealed on the grounds there was fresh evidence to show that the Prosecution had failed to preserve important evidence. He was later to return to the Crown Court for a re-trial, where he was acquitted.
  • R v R: A successful appeal in relation to importation of heroin following an allegation that an overseas Turkish drugs importer actually worked for Customs and Excise as an agent provocateur.
  • R v A: Importation of cocaine into the UK. Allegations were made that intercept material allegedly from Columbia had in fact been obtained elsewhere. Substantial issues regarding lack of disclosure resulted in the conviction being quashed.
  • NOTE: In relation to both these cases, Special Counsel were instructed to oversee the disclosure matters and to review public interest immunity hearings.
  • W: A G’s Reference that the sentence received by W was too lenient. W had played a part in the murder of female jockey, however, he had pleaded guilty to a robbery. Successfully defended sentence.