Unanimously Not Guilty of conspiracies to rob and falsely imprison

David Hislop, Q.C., David Bentley, Q.C. and Abigail Bright successfully defended A and B, both charged with conspiracies to rob and falsely imprison. The jury delivered unanimous verdicts of Not Guilty to all charges against A and B after four days in retirement.


A and B were tried together with two others. The Crown relied on cell site and telephones evidence to locate the group of four at the scene. The Crown alleged the group, wearing balaclavas, had confronted and rushed a homeowner in hours of darkness, taking cable ties to tie him up, so as to rob and falsely imprison him. Neither A nor B had commented in interview as to presence at the scene.


The fact that the homeowner was confronted by several males was not denied.


The uncontested evidence at the trial was that A had purchased a number of balaclavas but four hours before the homeowner was confronted. B’s fingerprints were recovered from two of those balaclavas which, the Crown alleged, were used as part of the confrontation.


Thirteen to sixteen years is the sentencing range where a robbery is committed violently on a person in the home.


David Hislop, Q.C. was instructed by Angela Porter at Angela Porter Solicitors.


David Bentley, Q.C. and Abigail Bright were instructed by Alice Dodd at Cartwright King.

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