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Arson Acquittal for Mentally Disordered Client

Danny Barnard, one of our excellent in-house advocates, represented an individual facing arson charges relating to a fire set in the hostel in which he was living.

He was arrested after the Crown built a strong case against him, including CCTV and eyewitness evidence. He was initially remanded to a specialist hospital for treatment under section 36 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and was deemed too unwell to attend his trial, which was held in his absence.

In such cases, a jury is tasked only to consider whether the client had made the act as charged. Thanks to Danny’s forensic examination skills the jury found that the act was not proven and the client was acquitted.

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Yet another Fraud Prosecution Success for Lewis Nedas Law

Unan Choudhury represented an individual facing several charges of fraud spanning over seven years. The case was to be committed to the Crown Court, but ‘eagle-eyed’ Unan spotted a fundamental flaw in the Crown’s case. He made written representations along those lines to the CPS who then discontinued the prosecution.

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Major Dishonesty Prosecution Acquittal

Penny Muir has successfully represented a second defendant facing a multi-charge indictment detailing major dishonesty allegations, involving an internationally known motor manufacturer.

Counsel, instructed by Penny, made a successful submission that there was not a case for the defendant to answer at the close of the prosecution case.

Penny had secured the acquittal of another individual facing similar allegations two years ago.

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Yet another Firearms Prosecution Success for Lewis Nedas Law

The Crown recently offered no evidence in an antique firearms case at Snaresbrook Crown Court following representations made by Tony Meisels of this firm.

Our client, a retired man in his sixties with no previous convictions, had been charged with two counts of possessing a firearm without a certificate, both shotguns being between 87 and 107 years old. He had inherited the weapons from his late father over twenty years ago and at one point they had even been on a manifest of items held in the storage facilities of a well-known removals company.

This case was only dropped by the Crown three weeks before trial after persistent representations by Mr Meisels who relied on the statutory defence afforded by Section 58(2) of the Firearms Act 1968 which provides an exemption if the weapon is an antique and is possessed as a curiosity or ornament.

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SOPO Variation Success

Tony Meisels has successfully applied to Westminster Magistrates’ Court to vary a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), which was imposed in 2008.

The applicant can now own, possess, and use any internet-enabled device as long as the history is preserved and it is made available for inspection by the police upon request. Furthermore, the order is now time limited and will cease when the applicant is no longer subject to the requirements of the Sex Offenders Register. The amended order is now consistent with the guidance issued by the Court of Appeal in the case of R v Steven Smith and Others in July 2011.

If you are subject to a SOPO with stringent conditions you may be able to apply to vary the order. Please contact Tony Meisels.

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