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Operation Spoonbill investigated four gangs, based in Liverpool, Norton, Stockton, and Guisborough on Teesside that involved the smuggling of an estimated 500kg of cocaine with a street value of £17.25m into the UK, and in particular, the north-east of England.
Following lengthy submissions outlining the extensive delay in bringing the case to court, the Defendant’s vulnerabilities and role in the operation, the Judge was persuaded to take an exceptional course of action, moving away from the sentencing guidelines, and suspending the custodial sentence.
Ben was instructed by Trudi Burlton of PPG Criminal Law Ltd.
Tom Edwards looks at the impact of the shift from Joint Enterprise to Common Purpose in the five years since…
Ben Hargreaves explores the inherent challenges in the admissibility of sexual history in sex cases. Section 41 of the Youth…
An analysis of the law on fitness to plead and stand trial in the magistrates’ courts: Silas Lee reviews the…
Silas Lee, pupil barrister, reviews the statutory regime on witness anonymity. Anonymous witness orders are most commonly sought by the…
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