A client accused of residential burglary has been found not guilty before Isleworth Crown Court.
The client, who was represented by William Paynter, was due to stand trial for a serious residential burglary, which if convicted would have been almost certain to result in an immediate custodial sentence. However, prior to the trial starting, Mr Paynter spoke to the prosecution to chase up a request made by the client’s solicitor, Caitriona McLaughlin, regarding the disclosure of important police telephone evidence. This material was disclosed to Mr Paynter who pointed out serious flaws in the prosecution case. The prosecution considered their position and then confirmed that they would be offering ‘no evidence’ when the case was called on.
In court the prosecution offered no evidence, and the judge formally recorded a ‘not guilty’ verdict.