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Cantaris Locke notable case list
Theft and dishonesty
R -v- V Southwark Crown Court, theft from employer, 2019
This was a high-profile case which received significant media attention. An established large charitable organisation had been defrauded of approximately £1 million pound over a period of several years. The crowns case was that the defendant created false invoices and transferred significant sums on a regular basis by disguising the transactions as legitimate. The investigation was extensive with thousands of pages of evidence. It involved a paper trail of bank statements and accounts dating back several years. The defence instructed a forensic accountant to advance their case. The matter proceeded to confiscation where the crown sort to recover in the region of £1 million. After representations and submissions from the defence the defendant did not have to pay anything.
R -v- B, St. Albans Crown Court, Conspiracy to Burgle, 2018
The Defendant was charged with conspiracy to burgle a home, stealing cash and high value jewellery valuing over £120,000. The Defendants were traced via an extensive investigation including telephone evidence, ANPR of the vehicles used and CCTV. We were able to establish that it was not a genuine burglary and that the Defendant was actually recruited by the householder to stage a burglary in order to perpetrate an insurance fraud. The Defendant was acquitted after a trial.
R -v- C, Southwark Crown Court, Conspiracy to Steal, 2016
The Defendant was accused of being part of a hundred-strong gang who frequented designer stores in central London stealing thousands of pounds worth of designer clothes.
The case rested strongly on CCTV evidence from various stores in London. The Defence instructed a leading CCTV and facial mapping expert to prove that the identification was incorrect.
The CPS discontinued the case before trial and the Defendant was found not guilty.
R -v- B, Chelmsford Crown Court, Theft from Employer, 2015
The case involved a cash in transit courier, an employee of G4S. The Defendant was accused of stealing in excess of £800,000 whilst delivering cash to banks and retailers.
The Defendant maintained that on the night before the incident gunmen forced their way into his home and threatened to hurt his family unless he delivered the next day's takings to a specific location. On the day in question the defendant carried out his duties as normal, collecting cash, before driving to a remote layby and pushing bags with cash out of his vehicle.
The prosecution alleged that the defendant was not a victim of crime but, in fact, was the perpetrator. The case involved a lengthy and complex forensic investigation with the assistance of G4S. The Prosecution sought to completely discredit the defendant's version of events. The prosecution claimed that the defendant could not have dropped the money at the location he gave to the police due to discrepancies in his story and the time log on the van's tracking system. They asserted that he had lied about the location to throw the police off guard, to enable his accomplices to make off without detection. The evidence relied on included numerous pages of the tracking and GPS data from the G4S van, as well as expert reports and a video reconstruction of the incident.
We instructed our own security expert which was able to completely undermine the manner in which the data had been collated, interpreted and presented by G4S. A psychologist instructed by us was able to refute claims made by the Prosecution regarding the Defendant's behaviour and inconsistent accounts after the event.
The case received national media attention. Following a two week trial the defendant was acquitted by the jury.
R -v- M, Portsmouth Crown Court, Conspiracy to Steal and Acquisition of Criminal Property, 2015
This was an extensive police operation that involved numerous defendants. The case rested on a vast array of evidence including CCTV at numerous locations and a significant amount of telephone and cell site evidence.
The case involved the large-scale theft of power tools. Goods valued at approximately £250,000 were seized by the police. The defendant was accused of conspiracy to steal the goods and acquiring criminal property by virtue of the significant sums of monies deposited in his account.
We were able to secure an acquittal on the day of trial.
R -v- E, Chelmsford Crown Court, Burglary, 2016
This was a serious burglary which involved the theft of numerous goods including high value antiques. The Defendant admitted the offence in interview when he was unrepresented at the police station.
The Defence submitted a legal argument to have the interview excluded on the basis that the confession was unfairly obtained by the police.
The CPS discontinued the case shortly before the commencement of the trial and the Defendant was found not guilty.