CPS drop ‘Iceland skipping case’ less than one week before trial following media attention

29.01.14 | |

Jason Chan, William James and Paul May faced prosecution under the Vagrancy Act of 1824 for taking food from a skip. Following an article in the Guardian the case was reviewed again by a senior prosecutor and discontinued on public interest grounds.


In September last year Zachariah Pankhurst went on trial under the same legislation for taking coffee from a skip. He was acquitted; the court finding he had not acted dishonestly.


All four defendants were represented by Annabel Timan, instructed by Mike Schwarz of Bindmans LLP

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