Charles Drinnan secures acquittals on all counts in drugs supply trial at Woolwich Crown Court
Charles Drinnan defended a week-long trial concerning the supply of class A and B drugs at Woolwich Crown Court.
Mr. Drinnan represented a remanded defendant on trial for supplying quantities of cocaine, MDMA and cannabis from a flat. The trial focused on ‘cuckooing’. Cuckooing is a term used to describe the short-term occupation of a vulnerable person’s premises by drug dealers/gangs for the purpose of using the address as a base for drug supply.
The prosecution’s main witness in the case had severe learning difficulties and various mental health issues, which required careful management at trial by way of special measures and a ground rules hearing.
The defendant’s brother pleaded guilty as did another person involved.
Despite the co-defendants' guilty pleas and the defendant’s bad character being admitted, Charles dismantled the prosecution’s case. Attention was drawn to the inconsistencies of the complainant’s account, and submissions made on the lack of forensic evidence to secure not guilty verdicts on all counts.
Details of the case for which Mr. Drinnan’s client was acquitted of can be found here: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dartford/news/cuckooing-drug-dealer-jailed-187414/