Crime Team blog: this week in Chambers

In: Article Published: Friday 27 November 2020


Paul Williams acted on behalf of a Defendant this week that has been charged with Conspiracy to supply 104kgs of Cocaine. It is alleged to be a National supply / Organised Crime using scaffolding company as cover for travel around UK: Allegation involves using vans fitted with electronically operated false cavities - fitted by Conspirators.

Nichola Cafferkey secures a 27 month custodial sentence for her client following his guilty plea to a £250,000.00 fraud from employer. The case was reported by the Daily Mail

Ylenia Rosso secures a small fine after her client pleaded guilty to the cultivation of cannabis. Her client's basis of plea was accepted as Ylenia successfully argued that investigating officers did not specify which plants were cannabis and which were not. Strong mitigation that the plants were grown for medical use was accepted. 

Ylenia Rosso secures a suspended sentence order, avoiding custody, for assault occasioning actual bodily harm of a police officer, avoiding custody, when the offence was committed alongside criminal damage, a s.4 public order offence and another common assault against an emergency worker.

Ylenia Rosso successfully defends against a Criminal Behaviour Order on the basis that it is too far reaching and disproportionate.

Ylenia Rosso secures a fine for careless driving after successfully persuading the Crown to withdraw a charge of dangerous driving.

Ayesha Smart secures indefinite hospital order for a man with paranoid schizophrenia after stabbing a student in the back in Leeds. The case was reported by Leeds Live Man stabbed Leeds student in the back after release from psychiatric hospital - Leeds Live (

Daniel Walker was instructed to act for a Defendant at trial who faced an allegation of third-strike domestic burglary. It was alleged that the Defendant (as part of a group of three) targeted a dwelling, forced their way in with the occupier present and stole items therein. Following submissions to the Prosecution on whether the case met the evidential test, the Prosecution offered no evidence on the first day of trial. A Defence Costs Orders was secured. The two Co-Defendants pleaded Guilty.