Crime News

3PB Criminal Barrister David Richards leads the successful prosecution of 7 defendants in drugs case

David Richards led the successful prosecution of 7 defendants in Operation Attica, a South West Regional Organised Crime Unit investigation of heroin and cocaine dealing from London and the Midlands to Bristol. The 7 accused were all convicted on 21 November after a 6 week trial at Bristol Crown Court. Click here for more information […]

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3PB Criminal Barristers secure multiple life sentences in multi-handed murder trial

Following a 6 week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court, 3 defendants were convicted of the murder of Richard Hardy on 26 January 2018 and have been sentenced to life with minimum terms of 29, 28 and 27 years respectively. A 4th Defendant was sentenced to 8 years for manslaughter. In passing sentence Mrs Justice Cheema-Grub DBE […]

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3PB Barristers trio represents defendants in UK largest conspiracy to drone-deliver drugs to prisons

3PB Barristers, Nick Cotter, Elisabeth Bussey-Jones and Adam Norris, have represented defendants in Birmingham Crown Court in relation to a conspiracy to bring drugs and other contra-band items including mobile phones into a variety of prisons across the UK by using of drones.  The “Drone Conspiracy” has been described as the largest ever seen in the UK. It […]

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3PB successful prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter at Wiltshire court martial

3PB’s Head of Chambers Nigel Lickley QC leading David Richards prosecuted an army officer for offence of gross negligence manslaughter and another officer and a warrant officer for negligent performance of duty arising from the death of soldier Michael Maguire on Castlemartin Ranges, West Wales in May 2012 during a live firing training exercise. The 8 […]

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Nick Robinson successfully defends a driver charged with causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving

The defendant's Renault Clio had collided with a Kawasaki motorcycle ridden by 67-year-old Graham Hibbs in Victoria Road, Ferndown. Mr Hibbs, who lived in Wimborne, was "catapulted" through the air in the collision, which happened as Miss Quartey attempted to turn right into Westwood Avenue. He suffered severe head and chest injuries and died at the […]

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Nick Robinson successful in defence of Mr Michael Henley-Smith at his Conspiracy to Blackmail trial at Bournemouth Crown Court

Nick Robinson successfully defended Mr Michael Henley-Smith at his Conspiracy to blackmail trial at Bournemouth Crown Court. The trial lasted seven days and concluded when the jury, after three hours in retirement, unanimously acquitted Mr Henley-Smith. The count faced by Mr Henley-Smith had been one of a number of counts on an Indictment containing offences […]

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3PB's Thomas Evans in the Court of Appeal today in the case of R v Thomson

Thomas Evans successfully appealed Mr Thomson's 18-month sentence for possession of a Samurai sword in a public place. The Court of Appeal found that the sentence imposed had been "manifestly excessive" and substituted a sentence of 12 months' imprisonment. Mr Justice Goss described Mr Evans' submissions as "cogent and economical". Click here to view Thomas […]

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Nigel Lickley QC leading David Richards prosecuted the case of R v Innes and Stormforce Coaching Ltd (Cheeki Rafiki) at Winchester Crown Court

This case concerned the deaths of 4 sailors. They were the crew of the Cheeki Rafiki sailing from Antigua to the United Kingdom in May 2014. The vessel capsized when 1000 miles off the east coast of the USA after her keel became detached following the failure of the keel/hull attachment. Mr Innes was the […]

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