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My son has just been found guilty by Jury in a Crown Court for handling stolen goods. Can this decision be appealed as there is no evidence that he did?
Also not sure if this is relevant. He was initially on trial for Aggravated Burglary under the Joint Enterprise law (4 defendants), just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The verdict that was delivered was downgraded from this and handed out individually to the defendants.
Finally two of the defendants appeared to share the same law firm (father/son team) and they seemed to swap around during the case between the two of them.
Forgive me for my ignorance, no legal expert. Will try my best to answer your question. His solicitor said there were no grounds for appeal as it was a jury decision. His Barrister said that she couldn't believe that that decision had been reached.
There was no evidence of my son handling the goods from the burglary. In essence the police had asked him if he had handled the coke can (drink) in the house which could have been there before the incident. He had responded he could of to this, on the premise that they were there before the burglary. He was asleep when the actual offence took place and the statements from two police have stated this as well. He had to be woken up when the police arrived.
Thanks for the response. It's a total minefield and my head is hurting now! A few final questions (I think!) before I rate the answer as excellent.