Defendant acquitted of armed robbery of cash and carry

Friday 23 June 2023

Michael Goold of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team represented the defendant, instructed by Pan Symeou of Faradays Solicitors.

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Michael Goold represented the defendant charged with an armed robbery of a cash and carry warehouse in south London alongside seven other defendants. The offence was part of a series of commercial burglaries and robberies by an alleged Romanian organised crime group.

The prosecution’s case against the defendant centred on his alleged attendance at a “planning meeting” with the other defendants several hours before the offence. Michael’s cross-examination of the prosecution’s cell-site expert resulted in that central plank in the prosecution’s case collapsing. The defendant was unanimously acquitted after a seven-week trial at Croydon Crown Court.

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