In two separate cases before the Crown Court Lansbury Worthington have managed to secure the acquittal of two defendants facing serious charges.
R v B
In this case the client faced a charge of attempted burglary before Isleworth Crown Court. Had he been convicted an immediate custodial sentence would have been almost certain. However, his solicitor, Catherine Mescall, was confident that the client's liberty was secure when she identified serious failings with the prosecution case. Indeed when the case was listed for trial the prosecution recognised that the evidential weaknesses in their case meant that there was no realistic prospect of conviction. They therefore offered no evidence and the charge was formally dismissed.
R v N
Richard Gowthorpe was representing this client before Kingston Crown Court when the prosecution conceded that there was no realistic prospect of conviction. The client faced a charge of cultivation of cannabis, but when forensic evidence and telephone evidence was examined by Lansbury Worthington it was found to support the client's defence. The prosecution formally offered no evidence and the client left court having been acquitted of the charge.