James Hay and Natalie Turner conclude long-running ACTO weapons-theft Court Martial

James Hay, leading Natalie Turner, recently concluded long-running Court Martial proceedings representing a Coldstream Guardsman accused of stealing to sell thousands of items classified as Attractive to Criminal and Terrorist Organisations from the RQMS.

The Crown’s case as initially pleaded alleged that the Guardsman, over many years, systematically stole thousands of items including rifle parts, magazines, grenade parts, tricorn ACOGs, machetes, field equipment, headsets, defibrillators, body armour, webbing and uniform.

The investigation began following an ‘anonymous tip-off’ to the RMP, and led to a raid of the defendant’s home address where the aforementioned volume of equipment was discovered.

After many months of disclosure requests and defence-instructed expert examination of the seized equipment, a Basis of Plea was agreed which led to (remarkably given the way that the allegation had been opened initially by the Service Prosecuting Authority), the defendant Guardsman receiving a Service Community Order for his conduct.

James and Natalie were instructed by Alphie Doran of Levales Solicitors.

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