Timothy Thompson of Kangs Solicitors recently acted for a client involved in Operation Bluetail, which focused upon a conspiracy to supply drugs.
Sentence reduced upon Appeal | Kangs Criminal Appeals Team
The Crown’s case was overwhelming, our client pleaded guilty and he was sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment.
Hidden Assets Claim| Kangs Confiscation Solicitors
The Issue | POCA Solicitors
As the benefit figure attributed to our client’s gain from criminal activity was calculated at a sum slightly less than two million pounds, it was of paramount importance to him that robust representations were advanced on his behalf to persuade the Crown that there were no ‘Hidden Assets’ to be taken into account.
This was essential to our client because failure would have resulted in a liability that he was totally incapable of discharging and, indeed, would never remotely have been able to do so.
Resultant failure in meeting his obligations under the Confiscation Order may well have seen the length of his prison sentence doubled.
The Negotiations | Criminal Defence Solicitors
The Crown sought to show that our client had hidden the benefits of his criminality with the result that his family were living off them and maintaining a lifestyle superior to that which would be expected from their apparent resources.
Over many weeks, we sought and obtained a substantial amount of evidence in support of our client’s claim and which included securing a supportive report from an independent expert upon the profitability etc. involved in the supply of drugs.
The Result | Kangs Solicitors
As the result of these endeavors, we successfully negotiated the reduction of the benefit figure down to the sum £490,000 i.e by virtually £1,500,000!
Additionally, as the result of our submissions the Crown dropped its assertion that our client had the benefit of any ‘Hidden Assets’.
The Effect | Confiscation Law Solicitors
- It was concluded that our client possessed realisable assets in the region of £21,000 which was to be used to satisfy the Confiscation Order made against him.
- As these were identified assets our client will be able to satisfy the Order and therefore will not face a further term of imprisonment. If he was unable to do so he could have faced an extra nine months being added to his original term of imprisonment. Had we not been successful in our efforts on his behalf, he would, potentially, be facing an additional prison term of up to fourteen years.
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