Mr. O and a group of friends had discovered a loophole, to buy cigarettes in bulk and save almost 50% of the cost. Unknowingly, the shopkeeper they were buying cigarettes from had illegally imported the cigarettes in, resulting in their cheaper prices. One fateful day, Mr. O and his friends had arrived at the shop to collect their bulk order – and were subsequently arrested for robbery.
After contacting us, our criminal defence solicitors immediately launched their own legal investigation into the situation, to uncover the truth of the matter. After carefully reviewing CCTV footage, the body-worn camera footage from the arresting officers, and interviewing the complainant and key witnesses, our criminal defence solicitors discovered that our client was falsely accused. In reality, the group had come to collect their cigarettes, and witnessed a man running from the store down the street. After the initial confusion, the group went into the store, and asked for the shopkeeper. Hearing no response, the group went to collect their purchases, but found that the shopkeeper had tried to lock them in the shop. After finally escaping, they found that the police were called and the group were wrongfully accused of robbery.
Despite our criminal defence solicitors proving that the allegations were patently false, there were lengthy delays, due to the prosecution thinking that they could gather evidence to prove their case. After multiple delays, the prosecution ultimately realised that they were at fault, and were forced to dismiss all wrongful charges.
Being wrongfully accused of robbery can wreak havoc on your life for years to come, due to court delays and prosecution deliberately pushing the case forward. If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us now. We’re here to help defend your rights and protect your interests.
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