Olliers Achieve Drugs Aquittal at Manchester Crown Court

Written 21st August 2015 by Olliers Solicitors

Olliers have succesfully defended a client with no previous convictions of possession with intent to supply Class A (MDMA)  drugs at Manchester Crown Court. The case involved consideration of in excess of 20,000 pages of text message evidence and over 10,000 pages of other mobile phone data.

Mobile telephone data

Of the considerable amount of mobile phone evidence available, the prosecution cherry-picked just 12 pages to rely upon in front of the jury. Due to the dedication and expertise of the team at Olliers the balance of the mobile phone data was considered and placed before the jury. This led to a far different illustration of mobile phone activity and undoubtedly led to the jury finding our client not guilty.

Max Saffman – Higher Court Advocate

Max Saffman represented the Defendant throughout the trial. Max is a specialist Higher Court Advocate and has significant experience of allegations of serious crime including murder, offences of violence, firearms offences, robbery and serious drugs conspiracies. Today’s acquittal follows a number of high profile cases in recent months and his successful appearance at the Court of Appeal last week see article here

Stacey Mabrouk – Head of Crown Court Department

Max was instructed by Stacey Mabrouk who prepared the case. Stacey currently heads up our Crown Court department. She manages an increasingly varied case load involving allegations of violent assaults, serious sexual offences and drug offences including possession, production and supply. Stacey also has substantial experience of large scale cases such as MTIC frauds, drug conspiracies and murder.

Due to the complexity of the work involved, Stacey was assisted by Alex Close-Claughton in the preparation of this case. Alex joined Olliers in 2014 and currently works within our Crown Court department. Alex has gained considerable experience of interrogating telephone evidence and the importance of thorough preparation.

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