On 6 June 2018, Richard Holland, instructed by Abdul Iftikhar of Kamrans Solicitors, concluded a two and half week defence trial at Leeds Crown Court with the jury returning verdicts of not guilty on both counts the Defendant faced.
Richard’s client – a man of previous good character – was alleged by the Prosecution to have been part of a £110,000 fraud against Vodafone, where the conspirators had obtained mobile telephones by deception in order to sell on. In addition, the Prosecution contended that the Defendant had been selling stolen items through his Amazon.co.uk Seller’s account, totalling 5197 items and representing £1.3m of sales. In support of their case, the Prosecution pointed out the comparative brevity of receipts and invoices, and argued that mobile telephones in particular had been sold for an undervalue.
Richard demonstrated, with examples and by reference to detailed schedules of sales and other material in the case, that the Defendant was not selling any of the telephones for an undervalue, and through a careful analysis of the Defendant’s bank accounts, demonstrated that it was possible the Defendant had been making legitimate payments to buy electronic items for resale, notwithstanding the relative lack of contemporaneous invoices and receipts.
After thorough cross-examination of the Prosecution forensic analyst, the bringing together of evidence from a number of computers within the unused material, and with the assistance of an expert Defence Forensic Accountant and other defence witnesses, Richard was ultimately able to demonstrate to the jury that the Prosecution contention that there was an irresistible inference that most of the Defendant’s sales were from crime was unsafe in all the circumstances.