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Jim Tilbury and Chloe Birch’s client found not guilty of blackmail and false imprisonment after a trial of 8 weeks at Wood Green Crown Court. 


Jim and Chloe‘s client – a mother of previous good character – was unanimously acquitted by the jury of two counts of conspiracy to blackmail and two counts of conspiracy to falsely imprison after a trial at Wood Green Crown Court involving five defendants. A sixth defendant was ultimately not tried having become unfit to participate in any trial during the earlier stages of proceedings.

The prosecution alleged that Jim and Chloe’s client had been involved in a conspiracy to blackmail and falsely imprison two men who had been earlier kidnapped by other co-conspirators in an alleged kidnap plot which spanned London and Cambridge. The prosecution alleged that Jim and Chloe’s client had acted to collect ransom sums from those connected to the complainants – which they alleged was captured on CCTV footage played during the trial.

The case involving vast amounts of telephone communications involving cell-site evidence from a number of locations across England as well as ransom demand calls which included consideration of voice identification.

Jim and Chloe were instructed by Sam Healey from JMW Solicitors in Manchester. 

Sunday World

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