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After a six week trial before Vice-Advocate General Hunter and Jury at the Kingston Crown Court, Colin Witcher secured the acquittal of AH of conspiracy to rob and the lesser alternative of conspiracy to steal. The case, prosecuted by Leading and Junior Counsel and investigated by the specialist Flying Squad, concerned a terrifying campaign of robberies involving 69 separate attacks on High Street mobile phone stores. On occasion staff were threatened with weapons including knives and hammers. The total loss was £1m.
17 defendants were identified. 10 pleaded guilty pre-trial, 1 was not fit to stand trial and six protested their innocence at trial. Mr Witcher represented the 3rd Defendant at trial as sole Counsel. He was one of only two defendants to be acquitted by the Jury.
Mr Witcher was instructed by Messrs Dexter Henry and Company.
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