This client was accused of handling stolen goods and a Proceeds of Crime Act Offence under s.328 – being concerned in an arrangement which you know or suspect facilitates (by whatever means) the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property by or on behalf of another person.
The client was represented at the Magistrates’ Court by Ms Catherine Mescall who advised the client to elect a Crown Court trial. Catherine then went on to prepare the case for a Crown Court trial. The client’s trial was heard before Isleworth Crown Court during which he was represented by Charlotte Precious (Barrister).
Representations were made to the Crown and Court as to the duplicitous nature of the charges and the fact that no specific ‘arrangement’ nor any stolen goods could actually be identified. The Crown were forced to offer no evidence on and the client was therefore found not-guilty of both charges.