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Passenger in drugs car acquitted following half time submissions by Clare Duffy

Second six pupil Clare Duffy won her first Crown Court trial at half time.

The defendant was the registered keeper of car used for the supply of Class A drugs. When searched by the police the vehicle contained 104 wraps of cocaine, 133 wraps of heroin, a large kitchen knife and a baseball bat. The two co-accused pleaded guilty to possession with intent to the supply the drugs.

Clare was successful both in excluding evidence of the weapons under section 78 of PACE and in her application of no case to answer. HHJ Morgan held that “at its highest the evidence and the circumstances could give rise to a suspicion, which is it not sufficient that a jury properly directed could properly convict this defendant.” As a result, the defendant was acquitted of two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and the prosecution offered no evidence on two weapons counts. Not guilty verdicts were entered on all four counts. 

Clare Duffy was instructed by Bhavna Kerai of Brooklyn Solicitors.