Author: Phillip Gibson
Represented by Phillip Gibson, Accredited Specialist Criminal Law
Client lived in Sydney but went to stay with a friend in a remote area of NSW. During his time there, he was seen by surveillance police near the entrance to a rural property; seen in the company of other people that police were particularly interested in; and his fingerprint turned up on a moveable tray at a clandestine drug laboratory.
Found not guilty at trial. The fingerprint could innocently have been placed on the tray and the tray moved from an ‘innocent’ location (ie. kitchen) to the laboratory. Simply because he kept company with people that police were suspicious of did not mean that he was an active participant in a drug manufacture conspiracy.
The matter was quite complex and involved some 30 lever arch volumes of material in the brief of evidence. There was a substantial quantity of listening device material that needed to be listened to, surveillance material, telephone intercepts as well as witness statements to be reviewed. This painstaking and tedious task that was undertaken by one of our criminal law specialists enabled the case for the defence to be presented appropriately at trial.