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09 September 2014
Slater and Gordon Criminal Defence Solicitor successfully represented a London taxi driver who had been charged with a burglary offence.
The taxi driver had been linked to a number of domestic burglaries that occurred one afternoon in London after his vehicle was seen leaving the scene of one of the burglaries. When the police stopped his vehicle, several stolen items were found in the backseat of his car.
The taxi driver denied the burglary offences and he stated that on this particular afternoon he had been paid to drive an individual around London to various addresses. He did not question his passenger as to why he was taking him to the specific addresses and he did not witness any burglaries take place.
He also denied having any knowledge of his passenger’s intentions. But he did accept that his suspicions should have been raised when his passenger returned to his taxi with several expensive items. Some items were left in the back of his taxi as part payment for the taxi fare.
Slater and Gordon Criminal Defence Solicitor successfully negotiated with the Crown Prosecution Service on behalf of his taxi driver client to get them to drop the offence of burglary, and in return his client pleaded guilty to the much lesser charge of handling stolen goods. This was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the client was sentenced to a 3 month community order. If he had been convicted of the offence of domestic burglary he would have received an immediate custodial sentence.
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