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Acquittal secured by MPR in conspiracy to commit armed robberies at Kingston Crown Court

(See our News Archive 8 November 2010 for first reporting of this case)

Today, we secured a unanimous not guilty verdict at Kingston Crown Court for our client who stood trial for several conspiracies to commit armed robberies across London and the South East. The trial was part of a series of trials involving 22 defendants all charged with conspiracy to commit armed robberies. The case had to be split into 3 separate trials for case manageability purposes. Our client’s trial lasted 5 weeks.

This was a SOCA prosecution codenamed “Operation Staten” and involved thousands of pages of prosecution material including forensic, cell site, mobile phone downloads, phone analysis, CCTV and surveillance.

Our client is alleged to have been the getaway driver in a number of the armed robberies which targeted mobile phone shops across London and the South East using inside information.

We were able to run a pro-active defence for our client and challenged all relevant parts of the Prosecution case. Our expertise in dealing with complex cases of this nature involving large amounts of paperwork and complex forensic evidence enabled us to secure our client’s acquittal. The case was properly and fully prepared and no stone was left unturned. The trial advocacy was conducted by a senior member of the in-house MPR advocacy team. By keeping the advocacy in-house, we were able to provide our client with a seamless service headed by a senior in-house barrister with whom they were able to be in constant contact over the 12 months that it took for the case to conclude.

At MPR solicitors, we have an experienced team of lawyers and legal advisors  that specialise in defending serious and complex crime including prosecutions by SOCA, Flying Squad, Operation Trident and HMRC. The department has specialists at all levels of criminal defence from police station advisers to senior solicitors and a team of Higher Court Advocates headed by a Senior Barrister from a leading London set of Barristers Chambers listed in the Legal 500.


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