Notable Criminal Cases
R v N-SHEFFIELD CROWN COURT-MURDER-POSSESS FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE
Our client was found not guilty of murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and criminal damage following a 6-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
Following a drive-by shooting in Doncaster in January 2021, a police investigation named Operation Sweep Mike commenced. This was a complex investigation involving CCTV, call data, and cell site evidence, resulting in the arrest of our client.
It was established that our client was travelling in the car with the shooter. However, he denied participation in the crime or intention to participate in the crime. In support of our client’s case, we instructed a telecommunications expert to examine the telephone evidence served upon us. This was helpful in proving his innocence.
Our client was the only defendant to be found not guilty of all charges by the jury. Four others were found guilty of either murder or manslaughter.
R v L CROYDON CROWN COURT
Our client was charged with Murder, Conspiracy to Rob and Conspiracy to Kidnap. This relates to an incident whereby it was alleged that 4 males armed with a knife attended the Victim’s home address with a settled intention to rob him.
It is the Crown’s case that the defendants had forced their way into the Victim’s flat and took him out onto the street across the road and when he resisted, he was stabbed in the heart. Our client was placed at the scene by CCTV and cell-site analysis. Furthermore, our client’s vehicle was alleged to have been used during the course of the commission of the offence. Following a lengthy 6-week trial at Croydon Crown Court, our client was acquitted of all charges.
R V S WOOD GREEN CROWN COURT
Our client was charged with attempted GBH, Section 18 on a police officer, aggravated vehicle taking and possession of an offensive weapon. Our client is alleged to have driven at an officer in a stolen Mercedes and then rammed into a police van. He was also charged in relation to a separate matter of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. This incident involved our client being pursued by an officer on foot and eventually cornered. The officer alleged that the client produced a firearm which was also caught on body worn footage. The client then allegedly made off from the officer.
Our client had a two week trial at Wood Green Crown Court where at half time he was found not guilty of possession with a firearm with intent, followed by not guilty verdicts on the attempted GBH Section 18, aggravated vehicle taking and possession of an offensive weapon.
R V DDH BIRMINGHAM CROWN COURT
Our client was charged with Murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, in connection with an incident which took place on the 26th August 2020. Around 1230 hours in broad daylight and in a public location, two groups of individuals, each group armed with a firearm, opened fire on each other. 10 shots were fired, two of which struck the victim from point-blank range whilst he was seated in the driver seat of his car.
The victim died from his injuries. Whilst CCTV showed our client was not the shooter, it showed our client run alongside the driver’s door of the vehicle to the front, before looking in the windscreen, pointing, and running back to the driver’s door where the victim was, whilst his co-defendant followed behind with the gun in his outstretched right arm. Our client was seen opening the driver’s door and leaning into the car on at least 3 occasions, punching the victim numerous times, then stepping back as the co-defendant fired inside the car. It was the Crown’s case that our client engaged in a joint enterprise by way of aiding, abetting and supplying the firearm to his younger associate.
On the 22nd June 2021, our client was convicted of a lesser offence and acquitted of Murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
R V T HARROW CROWN COURT
Our client was charged with Possession of a Firearm with Intent to Endanger Life, Possession of Ammunition with Intent to Endanger Life, Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Ammunition.
Our client was charged after it was alleged that he was in possession of a Nike bag which contained a loaded firearm. His DNA was also found on a separate firearm almost a year later.
Following a 9-day trial at Harrow Crown Court, he was found Not Guilty on all counts.
R v E INNER LONDON CROWN COURT
Our client was charged with GBH S18 Wounding with intent, robbery, and possession of a bladed article in this matter. The victim was stabbed multiple times after the assailant stole his card and bike.
Our client was charged after he was caught on CCTV using the Monzo card stolen from the victim minutes after the robbery.
The defendant gave evidence during his trial, detailing another individual providing him with the stolen card and bike. He never disposed of these items as he did not suspect that they were stolen.
Following a four day trial, our client was acquitted of all charges.
R V M WOOLWICH CROWN COURT
Our client was charged with conspiracy to be knowingly concerned in a fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on prohibited weapons and conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited weapons. The weapons included submachine and hand guns with ammunition.
At the time of this conspiracy he was a serving prisoner. It was the prosecution’s case that he was involved as a link between two of his co-defendants. Phone evidence was disclosed showing messages between said defendants on a mobile telephone found in the defendant’s possession. That firearms in text messages were discussed with the lead defendant who had pleaded guilty. Notwithstanding this, following a six week trial, our client was acquitted on both counts.
R V M-INNER LONDON CROWN COURT
Our client was charged with possession of a prohibited firearm after the police recovered a Skorpion sub-machine gun and hand gun. We made a submission of no case to answer at the midway point of the trial at Inner London Crown Court where the case was being heard. Our submissions were successful and the charge against our client was dismissed.
R V L J-SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT
This matter related to the murder of a 35 year old man in 2017. Several people were charged with the murder and one of the defendant’s turned Queen’s evidence, admitting responsibility for the killing and providing the Crown with evidence against our client. At that time, our client had not been charged with the murder. The informant stated that the murder was carried out under the instruction of our client. He also gave evidence of other offences which he carried out with our client, which formed other counts on the indictment. Our client pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to supply Class A drugs, heroin, and crack cocaine. He denied his involvement in any other offences. Following a three week trial, our client was acquitted on all counts considered at trial; murder, robbery, possession of a prohibited firearm and s18 GBH.
2020- R V R v J and others. Encro matter OXFORD CROWN COURT
At Oxford Crown Court we represented a client in relation to an allegation of Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs (10 KG of Cocaine). This case was investigated by the National Crime Agency. It was alleged that the Defendant had conspired with others to supply 10 Kilos of cocaine from London to Oxford. This case was part of the first wave of prosecutions in UK involving Encrochat evidence after police forces across Europe had been able to infiltrate the Encrochat phone network which was known to be used by criminal gangs. The crown heavily relied on cell site, ANPR and Encrochat Evidence to imply that the defendant was part of an organised crime group. The Defendant maintained his innocence throughout and was the only defendant to be acquitted after trial.
2020- R V S- MURDER- CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
Another fantastic result for SVS Solicitors in yet another high profile case. This matter related to the murder of an 18 year old in Newham, London, who died of multiple stab wounds on 26th August 2019. A 16 and 14 year old were identified for the physical act of committing the murder. Our client was subsequently identified by police as an additional primary party who encouraged and assisted the commission of the murder. In this case, it was suggested that our client instructed the two principals to commit the offence as retribution for a serious stabbing incident he was the victim of six days earlier. The crown alleged that he facilitated the murder by providing the pair with a stolen car used to drive to/from the attack site, paying for their taxi journey to collect the car and then subsequently sheltering one of the principals in the days after the crime. Extensive phone evidence was served detailing the calls, messages and movements of the defendants, which the crown used to support their case. After a lengthy two month trial, our client was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter. Our client was only defendant that was charged with murder to be acquitted.
2020 – R V J-L AND L-W – ATTEMPTED MURDER LINKED TO A MURDER – MAIDSTONE CROWN COURT
The Defendants were charge in relation to a murder which occurred at an event in Maidstone. The incident itself was captured on CCTV and there were numerous witnesses. The main Defendant proceeded to a fully contested trial and was acquitted of the main charges. The second Defendant conceded that he had participated in the violent disorder on a limited basis.
2020 – R V O – POSSESSION FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT
This case concerned an historic allegation which arose from a shootout outside a London nightclub. 2 rival gangs exchanged gunfire using an array of different firearms. This resulted in 2 of the patrons being shot. Operation Trident commenced a very detailed investigation which took place over several years. There was voluminous CCTV evidence and cell site evidence utilising which the Police had tracked the movements of the Co Defendants. There was also clear footage of the shooting and witness evidence which supported this.
2020 – R V W – POSSESSION FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT
The Defendant had allegedly discharged a firearm inside a nightclub which had resulted in one of the patrons being shot in the leg. There was extensive CCTV footage of the incident and the case was investigated by Homicide detectives who also produced bad character evidence in support of their case.
2020 – R V A – MURDER – READING CROWN COURT
The Defendant was just 15 years of age when this offence took place and a 15 year old boy was stabbed to death in Reading. The two protagonists were schoolfriends that had had a disagreement which culminated in a fatal altercation.
2020 – R V D – MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
This was a large scale complicated case which resulted in a lengthy trial of several months. The Police investigation was based upon CCTV footage, telephone cell site evidence and call records. There was also a substantial amount of witness evidence which pertained to a dispute between 2 gangs in the West London area. The animosity between the rival gangs foreshadowed a violent battle in the street which caused the death of the victim from stab wounds.
2020 – R V H – ATTEMPTED MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The Defendant was accused of a knife related attempted murder at a party whereby the victim had suffered near fatal injuries. This was witnessed by several eye witnesses and the Defendant conceded that he had been present at the scene. After detailed representations had been offered the Crown withdrew the attempted murder charge and the Defendant pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.
2020 – R V B-L AND J – MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
We represented a client at the Central Criminal Court who was charged with Murder, manslaughter and possession of firearm with intent to endanger life. It was alleged that our client was involved in an altercation whereby the victim had passed away after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Ms Anna Hogg, Trainee Solicitor of this firm worked tirelessly on this case while Mr Sasha Sidhu, Managing Director, oversaw proceedings. Our client was represented in Court by Michael Holland QC and Andrew Frymann, both of Furnival Chambers. After a 4 week trial our client was unanimously acquitted after deliberations that lasted less than one day. This was despite there being CCTV evidence which clearly showed the victim being shot in the head and the client admitting to being responsible for the shooting albeit citing an accident as the explanation for what had occurred. The outcome was in keeping with the established practices of the firm and our firearm related specialism.
2020 – R V H – ATTEMPTED MURDER – HARROW CROWN COURT
This case had resulted from a dispute between neighbours which culminated in a near fatal stabbing. The incident was captured on CCTV and the Defendant conceded that he had stabbed the victim but cited self defence. He was acquitted by a jury.
2019 – R V A – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT
This was a case investigated by Operation Trident who had conducted a coordinated arrest of the two Defendants. There was an extensive amount of complex cell site material and also telephone attribution evidence. The first trial was aborted and a retrial ensued as a result.
2019 – R V O – GBH W INTENT AND NOXIOUS SUBSTANCE – WOOD GREEN CROWN COURT
This was a case a high profile acid attack in East London. Following an extensive Police operation the Defendant was arrested and tried. The Defendant accepted presence at the scene of the assault which was allegedly gang related and was filmed by onlookers on mobile phones but was acquitted after trial.
2019 – R V U – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT – WOOLWICH CROWN COURT
The Defendant was charged alongside 4 others in relation to a transaction that had take place in Luton. A firearm was then recovered following surveillance by Operation Trident. A large amount of telephone data coupled with cell site information was analysed in order to prepare the case for trial.
2019 – R V P – VIOLENT DISORDER AND FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE – SOUTHWARK CROWN COURT
The Defendant who is a high profile rapper was prosecuted in respect of a large scale violent disorder that took place in West London and culminated in a shooting. He was charged alongside eight others and The Police Gangs Unit were reliant upon detailed telephone and forensic evidence. At trial following forceful representations the firearms offence was discontinued and the Defendant pleaded guilty to violent disorder on a factually restricted basis.
2019 – R V R – CONSPIRACY TO KIDNAP – HARROW CROWN COURT
The Defendant was charged alongside 6 others in relation the alleged kidnapping and torture of a drug dealer. This was a highly complex case which involved analysis of telecommunications data as well as ANPR information and forensic evidence. Queens Counsel was instructed to represent the Defendant.
2019 – R V B – ATTEMPTED MURDER – BRISTOL CROWN COURT
The Defendant was charged with attempted murder in respect of an alleged dispute that had arisen as a consequence of a “county lines” drug dealing network. Detailed representations resulted in the attempted murder charge being withdrawn and trial proceedings coming to an end.
2019 – R V E – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – The Defendant was alleged to be an active gang member and was forensically linked to a firearm that had been recovered by Operation Trident. Telephone analysis also placed the Defendant in the environs where the firearm was recovered. Following the lodgement of a dismissal argument the Crown withdrew their case.
2019 – R V I – MANSLAUGHTER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT –
This was a complex case which concerned a total of 7 Defendants. The Defendant was acquitted after a lengthy contested trial. The case attracted considerable media attention due to the killing being alleged to have occurred during an attempted exorcism.
2019 – R V L – PERVERTING THE COURSE OF JUSTICE IN A MURDER CASE – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
This case pertained to the high profile murder of a bouncer in Mayfair at a New Year’s Party. The defendant was acquitted after a trial lasting 6 weeks.
2019 – R H-M – ATTEMPTED MURDER- CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The Defendant was alleged to be a member of a gang from South London and was accused of being a party to a shooting which took place in Brixton. There were 4 co accused and a lengthy trial ensued during the course of which detailed cell site and ballistics evidence was deployed. The defendant was found not guilty after lengthy jury deliberations.
2019 – R V I – MANSLAUGHTER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
An altercation took place in Tottenham during the course of which the victim was stabbed to death. The Defendant was acquitted of manslaughter after a lengthy trial.
2019 – R V B – MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The Defendant was prosecuted following the death of a man at a party in Central London. The victim had collapsed in a Central London hotel and died as a consequence of blood loss. An exceptionally detailed investigation comprising telephone analysis, forensic testing and social media examination ensued and the Defendant was charged alongside 4 others with murder.
2019 – R V O – ATTEMPTED MURDER – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT
This case centred upon a stabbing which took place in East London that was alleged to be gang related and was captured on CCTV. The Defendant was one of 3 who were accused of this offence.
2019 – R V V – ATTEMPTED MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The Defendant was alleged to have shot another man on a crowded train and the incident was captured on CCTV. British Transport Police collated complex telephone evidence and witness statements from commuters in order to bolster their case. Various complex legal arguments were presented and the Defendant was acquitted of the main charge of attempted murder.
2019 – R V B – ATTEMPTED MURDER – HARROW CROWN COURT
The Defendant was prosecuted in connection with the near fatal stabbing of an alleged rival gang member in West London. The prosecution was founded upon identification of the Defendant by a police officer and CCTV footage which captured the incident. The Crown offered no evidence after detailed submissions were made in relation to the identification evidence.
2018 – R V B/ W-M – CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY AMMUNITION AND FIREARMS – CROYDON CROWN COURT
This case resulted from an Operation Trident investigation into the supply of firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Detailed surveillance evidence and telephone cell site analysis was central to this case which culminated in an 8 week trial. Complex legal argument lead to an application for dismissal of the principal firearms charge which was dismissed by the trial judge.
2018 – R V G-S/F – CONSPIRACY TO POSSESS FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT
The main Defendant was incarcerated at the time of the offences which were said to have been involved the hiring of a gunman who subsequently discharged a firearm at the victim’s house. Operation Trident undertook a detailed analysis of the several mobile phones and electronic devices in order to build a formidable case which was successfully defended at trial.
2018 – R V T – CONSPIRACY TO POSSESS FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT
The Defendants in this case were the subject of a lengthy Trident investigation into alleged gang related gun crime. 2 firearms and ammunition were recovered as a consequence of a surveillance operation. Alleged gang affiliation and social media downloads were pivotal issues and were carefully scrutinised.
2018 – R V F – MURDER – ST ALBANS CROWN COURT
The client was one of 5 youths charged with the murder of another youth. It was alleged that the attack was gang-related.
The disclosure in this case centred on mobile telephone evidence and relied on call traffic between our client and the victim, our client and the co-defendants, and call traffic between all defendants. In addition, there was extensive cell-site evidence which showed the movements of the client before, during and after the attack.
A careful comparison of the mobile telephone download call logs and raw billing data was undertaken by the defence. The trial in the matter lasted 7 weeks.
2018 – R V D – ATTEMPTED MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The Crown’s case was that the complainant had called the ambulance service stating her throat had been cut and was bleeding. The defendant was attended upon and instructions taken in custody, including the history of their relationship.
This case involved the preparation of a bad character application for the complainant following a careful consideration of unused material. This included police CRIS report and CAD messages detailing previous reports to the police of the complainant assaulting the client . This included use of a kettle and a knife.
Following a 6 day trial this client was acquitted.
2018 – R V T/G – MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
SVS represented both Defendants in this case who were charged with murder. They were accused of shooting dead an unfortunate bystander during the course of a gangland feud. Murder squad detectives had investigated an incident whereby the main Defendant was shot at and stabbed in the head and then allegedly sought to retaliate by firing shots at members of the rival gang on a housing estate in West London. CCTV and cell site evidence was utilised in the preparation of this case and after a 6 week trial both Defendants were acquitted.
2018 – R V K – CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY CLASS A – AYLESBURY CROWN COURT
The Defendant was charged as part of a large scale surveillance operation that culminated in a lengthy and complex trial in relation to an allegation of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. This case attracted considerable media attention. After a 2 month long trial the Defendant was acquitted of the charges.
2018 – R V A – MURDER – LEWES CROWN COURT
It was alleged that the Defendant was a class A drug dealer and that he had stabbed and killed a drug addict in St Leonards on Sea. He was arrested near to the scene of the crime and was summarily charged. Following careful case preparation representations were made to the Crown and the murder charge was discontinued and an alternative charge of manslaughter was preferred.
2018 – R V S – CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY FIREARMS – KINGSTON CROWN COURT
The Defendant was charged as part of a multi handed conspiracy to import and then transfer firearms. The case involved a complex surveillance operation by British and German Police as the firearms were being imported from Germany by a Bulgarian gang. Telephone intercepts were also utilised. Alleged UK based members of organised crime groups were also arrested.
2018 – R V C-D – MURDER – BASILDON CROWN COURT
A drug addict in South Ockenden was hacked to death with a machete and it was alleged that the Defendant had set him up. There had been a long standing feud between the victim and the drug dealer who was alleged to have killed him. The Crown sought to prove their case by the use of eye witnesses to the murder and extensive telephone evidence and cell siting. After a fully contested trial the Defendant was acquitted.
2018 – R V H – CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY CLASS A DRUGS – PORTSMOUTH CROWN COURT
The Defendant was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs in the Portsmouth area. There were 8 Defendants charged in total in this high level “county lines” case. There was a considerable amount of telephone evidence and evidence from undercover officers. The Defendant was the only one not to be convicted in this case.
This was a case that was underpinned by gang related violence. The Defendant was charged alongside one other and was accused of the murder of a gang member from East London. It was alleged that he had stabbed the victim in an unprovoked attack. The case was heavily reliant upon CCTV and telephone evidence.
2017 – R V S – MURDER – BIRMINGHAM CROWN COURT
The Defendant who was from South London was accused of the murder of an alleged London based gang member at a party in Leicester. The case was investigated by the Midlands Major Crime Team and led to their enquiring into other knife related crime in this area. 2 other alleged gang members from South London were also charged in connection with these offences.
2017 – R V L – MURDER – LEWES CROWN COURT
The Defendant was charged alongside three others in relation to the murder of a man in Crawley. The motivation for this offence was alleged to have been drawn from illicit drug dealing in the Sussex area. The Defendant conceded that he had struck the fatal blow using a kitchen knife but advanced self-defence as an explanation for this. After a fully contested trial he was acquitted of murder.
2017 – R V M – MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The Defendant was a youth that was accused of stabbing the victim to death in Harrow. The alleged motivation was gang related and driven by a desire for revenge. This case involved a number of sensitive issues due to the Defendants being youths. After a full trial the Defendant was the only one to be acquitted. Both of his Co Defendants were convicted of murder.
2017 – R V H – ATTEMPTED MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
This case concerned an armed robbery in East London. The alleged victim was shot at close range by the perpetrators. Operation Trident investigated the case and utilised telephone attribution/cell site evidence and CCTV. This case attracted considerable media attention.
2017 – R V B – ATTEMPTED MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
This Defendant was accused of the attempted murder of a police officer who was conducting surveillance in the East End of London. This case was heavily publicised and was investigated by Homicide and Major Crime Command. The investigation that was undertaken was complex and reliant upon CCTV as well as cell site evidence.
The Defendant was acquitted of attempted murder after trial.
2017 – R V K –POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT – WOOLWICH CROWN COURT
The Defendant was arrested by Operation Trident following a shooting in South East London. He was alleged to be in the company of a single accomplice in the course of attempting to fire shots at members of the travelling community. The case involved telephone and forensic evidence.
2017 – R V S– CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY AND HAVING FIREARM WITH INTENT – MAIDSTONE CROWN COURT
This was a large scale armed robbery case which resulted in a trial involving multiple Defendants that lasted for 3 months. It was alleged that a travellers’ site in Kent had been the subject of a robbery by a gang of men armed with firearms. A complex and detailed investigation ensued.
2017 –R V E AND K – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT
The Defendants were arrested by Operation Trident as part of an intelligence led surveillance operation. It was alleged that the first Defendant had travelled to Stockwell and fired shots at a rival gang member in order to exact revenge for being assaulted by him. The firearm was recovered on the person of the second Defendant who conceded that he was in possession of it but denied any intention to use it. Operation Trident analysed the Defendant’s phones and produced downloads in furtherance of their case. Both Defendant’s were acquitted of the main charge of possession of firearms with intent after trial.
2017 – R V T AND N-B – CONSPIRACY TO TRANSFER FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT
The Defendants represented by SVS were charged following a raid on a flat in East London by armed Police and Operation Trident. 11 Handguns, an assault rifle, ammunition for each of the weapons and 11 silencers were seized.
CCTV evidence was recovered which established that both Defendants were at the scene and telephone analysis linked them to the alleged conspiracy but they were both acquitted after a lengthy trial during the course of which neither Defendant gave evidence.
This is a case which relates to the heavily publicised murder of a man whose body has never been recovered which took place in Sussex.
Sussex Police undertook a lengthy investigation involving telephone and forensic analysis which necessitated the use of expert evidence.
2016 – R V A – MURDER – BRISTOL CROWN COURT
The Defendant was charged with the murder of a drug user and was also implicated in the large supply of class A drugs.
Medical evidence was pivotal throughout this case and a leading expert was instructed on behalf of the Defence who managed to undermine the Crown’s case. After a submission of no case to answer was made at trial the charges of murder and manslaughter were both dismissed.
2016 – R V M-G – ATTEMPTED MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The Defendant was accused of carrying out a “drive by” shooting in West London. He transferred to SVS after admitting in his police interview that he had been responsible for the shooting but avoided conviction for attempted murder.
2016 – R V H – ATTEMPTED MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The Defendant was charged with attempted murder as it was alleged he had shot a police officer after Operation Trident had executed a raid on his home address. This case attracted national media coverage and a fully contested trial at the Central Criminal Court ensued. The Defendant had been detained by officers in possession of a firearm and was identified by a number of them as being responsible for the shooting but was acquitted by a jury after trial.
2016 – R V K – ATTEMPTED MURDER – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT
The Defendant was charged in connection with a gang related stabbing that took place in South London. Detailed analysis of telephone and CCTV evidence was utilised by the investigating police force.
Our client was identified by a former school teacher whose evidence was supported by CCTV. He was also arrested and charged with separate firearms offences during the course of his trial but was acquitted by a jury in his absence.
2016 – R V D – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MONEY LAUNDERING – BLACKFRIARS CROWN COURT
The Defendant was alleged to be part of an organised crime network and was arrested following a surveillance operation. She was the only one of the four Defendants to be acquitted.
2016 – R V B – CONSPIRACY TO PERVERT THE COURSE OF JUSTICE AND MONEY LAUNDERING
This case arose from a complex investigation into money laundering and involved a great deal of telephone and cell site analysis by a regional Major Crime Team. There were eleven Defendants in total. After detailed representations were made to the Prosecution the Defendant pleaded to a lesser substantive count and the main allegations were discontinued.
2016 – R V M – CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY CLASS A – WOOLWICH CROWN COURT
The Metropolitan Police Special Intelligence Service had charged six men after the seizure of 200 kilograms of high purity cocaine valued at £70m. The Defendant was arrested at Tilbury Docks after the cocaine was found concealed in the rear of a vehicle being used by the Defendants.
A protracted investigation resulted in a trial after which the Defendant was acquitted.
2016 – R V P – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The Defendant is one of six Defendants charged by the Flying Squad in relation to a complex conspiracy to commit armed robberies. This follows an investigation that lasted for two years. In total it was alleged that ten armed robberies had taken place in the South London area.
After a lengthy trial our client was acquitted of the main charges.
2016 – R V B – CONSPIRACY TO TRANSFER FIREARMS – HARROW CROWN COURT
This case concerned the large scale manufacture of lethal firearms, and their subsequent onward sale. It was alleged that the conspirators would organise the purchase of de-activated firearms from antique or military shops and would then “re-activate” the firearms, and in so doing manufacture a fully functioning and lethal firearm.
There were eleven Defendants in total and the case was investigated by Operation Trident and it was alleged that they were connected to 30-40 firearms.
2016 – R V C – CONSPIRACY TO TRANSFER FIREARMS – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The Defendant was one of four charged with plotting to transfer a loaded firearm onwards for use in a criminal enterprise. This case involved the use of cell site analysis and an undercover surveillance operation by Trident officers.
After 2 trials our client was the only defendant out of 4 that was acquitted.
2016 – R V R – CONSPIRACY TO TRANSFER FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION – WOOLWICH CROWN COURT
The Defendant was arrested in the course of an undercover Police “Sting” which involved the use of phone recordings and surveillance. It was alleged that the weapons were to be obtained for the purpose of being used in gang related activity.
2016 – R V A – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT KIDNAP, FALSE IMPRISONMENT AND BLACKMAIL
This is a multi-handed kidnap case that is said to have taken place in the South London area. It was investigated by the Human Trafficking Unit and was based upon the evidence of the complainant combined with CCTV and cell site analysis.
Our client was acquitted after a fully contested trial.
2015 – R V S – MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The defendant along with one other was charged with stabbing the victim to death in West London. After representations were made the charge was reduced to one of perverting the course of justice.
2015 – R V O – ATTEMPTED MURDER – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
A shooting took place in South London and the Defendant was charged with attempted murder. The case centred upon CCTV evidence and an identification by an eye witness and was supported by telephone analysis.
Our client was acquitted of attempted murder after trial.
2015 – R V O – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE – WOOD GREEN CROWN COURT
Expert evidence was secured in this case by the defence which led to the case being dismissed because the prosecution’s forensic evidence was undermined.
2015 – R V L –HUMAN TRAFFICKING – MANCHESTER CROWN COURT
This was a multi handed case which concerned a complicated scheme whereby the alleged victims were being trafficked into the UK from Eastern Europe.
2015 – R V A-A AND A – KIDNAPPING, FALSE IMPRISONMENT AND BLACKMAIL – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
This was a multi handed case which related to a kidnapping in East London involving the alleged use of a firearm.
Following a lengthy investigation by the Specialist Crime Directorate there were two lengthy trials after which both Defendants who were represented by SVS were acquitted of all charges.
2015 – R V K – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MONEY LAUNDERING – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
This was a multi handed trial which related to a conspiracy to launder large sums of money. Exceptionally detailed telephone and financial analysis was undertaken and then examined by our defence team.
2015 – R V B – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT
The MET’s Flying Squad had arrested and charged a number of defendants in relation to a series of armed robberies that had taken place in the South London area. Our client was acquitted of the main conspiracy to commit robbery with the use of a firearm after a fully contested trial.
2015 – R V P AND U – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT AND CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY – SOUTHAMPTON CROWN COURT
Both Defendants were charged in relation to an extensive drugs supply conspiracy and also a related offence of possession of a firearm with intent. A large volume of evidence focussing on cell site analysis and ANPR readers was brought to bear.
The Defendants were acquitted of the firearms offence after trial.
2015 – APPEAL OF I A– COURT OF APPEAL
The Appellant had been convicted of robbery and received a substantial term of imprisonment. After instructing SVS and lodging an appeal against his conviction the Court of Appeal rule that his conviction was unsafe and he was acquitted following a retrial.
2015- R V B/ AND L – VIOLENT DISORDER – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT
This case related an instance of alleged gang related violence in East London. A large volume of telephone and cell site analysis was produced by the Prosecution.
After the jury had failed to reach a verdict the violent disorder charge was discontinued and a lesser charge was substituted.
Lengthy and complex case involving complex forensic and evidential issues.
2014 – R v I – READING CROWN COURT – ATTEMPTED MURDER
There were complex psychiatric issues involved in this case and largely thanks to the intervention of medical experts recruited by SVS the Prosecution offered no evidence in respect of the attempted murder charge.
2014 – R v T – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – ATTEMPTED MURDER, POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE AND POSSESSION OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION
This was a multi handed case that centred on a shooting. There had been a large scale investigation into an East London gang who were believed to be responsible for a spate of shootings which culminated in this lengthy trial.
2014 – R V A – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT
The Defendant in this case was acquitted after a full trial having successfully established a defence of duress.
2014 – R V S – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – ATTEMPTED MURDER
A stabbing occurred in Brixton and the majority of the incident was captured on CCTV. A lesser charge was brought following successful representations.
2014 – R V D – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT – ATTEMPTED MURDER
A stabbing took place in a restaurant in East London. The entire incident was captured on CCTV and the Defendant was apprehended close to the scene of the offence.
2014 – R V F – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE
The Defendant was charged with possession of a firearm following the seizure of a shotgun and a forensic link being established.
2014 – R V O – WOOD GREEN CROWN COURT – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE
The Defendant was charged with possession of a handgun due to being forensically linked to the firearm.
2014 – R V M – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY CLASS A
This case was the result of a complex investigation involving the importation and subsequent supply at street level of controlled substances valued at several million pounds.
2014 – R V R – BLACKFRIARS CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MONEY LAUNDERING
A detailed investigation resulted in multiple defendants being charged as part of a conspiracy. Although significant evidence was brought to bear the case was successfully defended.
2014 – R V T – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT – POSSESSION OF FIREARM AND VIOLENT DISORDER
Operation Trident conducted an investigation into a shooting in the Newham area and the Defendant was charged having been identified by 2 eye witnesses. Detailed telephone and cell site analysis was deployed against the Defendant who was acquitted of the firearms offence as it was established that he had in fact been involved in a relatively minor public disturbance.
Multi handed murder trial concerning a fatal stabbing at a nightclub. The Crown’s case was founded upon CCTV evidence which captured the entire incident leading to the murder. The Defendant was acquitted after trial despite his Co Defendants being convicted of murder.
2013 – R V L – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT – MURDER
This was a four handed trial which arose due to a contract killing in Hackney. This was a shooting with a Mac 10 machine pistol that was said to have been carried out by gang members from Tottenham at the behest of the Turkish mafia. This fatal shooting was alleged to have been the twenty ninth shooting that had taken place during the course of a feud between rival Turkish gangs vying for control of the illegal drug trade.
2013 – R V M – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT – ATTEMPTED MURDER
This case concerned a stabbing in a nightclub during the course of which the victim sustained life threatening injuries.
2013 – R V S – INNER CITY LONDON CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY DRUGS
This was a complex and multi handed conspiracy to supply drugs.
Voluminous cell site evidence and raw call data had to be carefully analysed in preparation for this complex trial.
2013 – R V O at WOOD GREEN CROWN COURT – AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND POSSESSION OF FIREARM
This case was dismissed prior to trial despite our client having been identified by 2 witnesses.
2013 – R V C & C – WOOD GREEN CROWN COURT – POSSESSION OF FIREARM & ROBBERY
This case related to an armed robbery and both of our clients were identified by the victim and the Police had also recovered property belonging to the victim from our clients. As a result of representations the case was discontinued prior to trial.
9 Handed gang related murder. This was said to be a planned execution of a rival gang member.
2012 – R V S – CROYDON CROWN COURT- CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FRAUD
Large scale conspiracy concerning tens of thousands of pounds of credit card fraud.
2012 – R V C – WOOD GREEN CROWN COURT – POSSESSION OF FIREARM
Our client benefited from a successful dismissal application prior to trial.
2012 – R V D – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT –POSSESSION OF FIREARM
Our client was acquitted notwithstanding the fact that he had signed police officer’s notes to the effect that both the firearm and a CS gas canister belonged to him. At trial he admitted signing 2 notebooks and the property search record to the effect that both were his.
After a 5 day trial during which 3 DC’s and a DI were accused of lying and fabricating evidence it took the jury an hour to unanimously acquit.
2012 – R V A – WORCESTER CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY CLASS A
5 Handed conspiracy in which no evidence was offered against our client following extensive representations.
2012 – R V M – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE
Representing client allegedly found to be in possession of a loaded firearm and mobile phone that had been used in furtherance of a conspiracy to supply drugs.
2012 – R V D – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY CLASS A
Multi handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs in the London and Oxfordshire areas. Vast amount of phone evidence and extensive surveillance.
2012 – R V W – CROYDON CROWN COURT – BLACKMAIL, FALSE IMPRISONMENT AND HAVING FIREARM W/INTENT
Our client was acquitted after trial with all prosecution witnesses attending and giving evidence against him.
2012 – R V D – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE
Multi handed conspiracy to transport a firearm from Bedfordshire to South London for alleged use in gang related acitivities.
2012 – R V P – LUTON CROWN COURT – HAVING FIREARM W/INTENT AND ROBBERY
Representing Defendant charged with having committed an armed robbery in Luton.
2012 – R V S – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT – PERVERTING THE COURSE OF JUSTICE IN A MURDER CASE
Alleged that our client assisted in destroying a car that had been used in a drive by shooting.
2012 – R V A – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO IMPORT CLASS A
Complex and multi handed case relating to the importation of class A drugs into the jurisdiction.
Multi-handed murder which was alleged to be gang related.
2011 – R V Y – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT – MURDER
9 Handed murder case which lasted for 4 months and resulted in an acquittal after trial.
2011 – R V T – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT – ATTEMPTED MURDER
This case concerned the attempted execution of a police informant who was shot 7 times at close range. Our client was exonerated despite having been identified and being forensically linked to the firearm used in the shooting and also the phone that had been used by the gunman.
2011 – R V R – BLACKFRIARS CRIMINAL COURT – CONSPIRACY TO STEAL
Large scale conspiracy to steal mainly centred upon the railway network. Our client was alleged to be the main ringleader and the case against him was successfully dismissed prior to trial.
2011 – R V S – READING CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO MURDER
This was a 5 handed trial which centred on a conspiracy to murder that was alleged to be retribution for an earlier attack on one of the Co Defendants. Our client was also charged with offences relating to possession of a firearm and conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm. Following protracted representations the conspiracy to murder charge was withdrawn.
2011 – R V S – CHELMSFORD CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO IMPORT CLASS A
Multi handed and complex conspiracy to import drugs to the value of 4.5 million pounds.
2011 – R V W – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY
Defendant acquitted after full trial despite accepting that he had driven the perpetrators of the robbery away from the scene.
Alleged South London gang member who was arrested in possession of a loaded handgun following a Police surveillance operation.
2010 – R V B – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE
Our client who was portrayed as being an active member of a South London gang was alleged to have been in possession of a loaded firearm.
2010 – R V F – KINGSTON CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO SUPPLY CLASS A
Complex conspiracy involving extensive use of surveillance evidence and forensic analysis.
2010 – R V G – SNARESBROOK CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO POSSESS FIREARMS WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE
Large scale multi handed conspiracy relating to a firearms factory that had been set up in East London. Our client who had maintained that he had never visited the premises in question, was acquitted after a month long trial despite there being CCTV and DNA evidence linking him to the premises.
Multi Handed case relating to the kidnapping and attempted murder of a rival gang member.
2009 – R V A – CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT – ATTEMPTED MURDER
Our client was the subject of an Operation Trident investigation as a firearm had been deployed. This was a multi handed case and required careful analysis of complex evidence.
2009 – R V B – ST ALBANS CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY
This was a multi handed conspiracy that related to robberies of numerous commercial businesses. There was a vast amount of material that had been collated and was subjected to close scrutiny.
2009 – R V C – KINGSTON CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT ROBBERY
Large scale multi handed conspiracy that was the result of a lengthy Flying Squad surveillance operation. This case required the analysis of a huge volume of phone data and cell site analysis.
2009 – R V H – ISLEWORTH CROWN COURT – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT BLACKMAIL
Multi handed conspiracy to commit blackmail which involved the alleged use of a firearm. Our client’s case was successfully dismissed prior to trial.
2009 – R V P – INNER LONDON CROWN COURT – POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH INTENT TO ENDANGER LIFE
This case related to a pre-planned Operation Trident which engaged surveillance on a vehicle carrying 3 suspected South London gang members. The vehicle was stopped and several Mac 10 machine pistols were recovered. Our client was acquitted after a full trial.
This case centred upon a stabbing and a conviction was successfully averted as a result of a plea bargain.