Notable Cases

Notable Cases

Our notable cases

Special Tribunal for Lebanon (2014)

Five defendants are accused of conspiring in 2004/2005 to assassinate Rafic Hariri, the former Prime minister of the Lebanon in a huge truck bomb in Beirut. Trial ongoing.

R v Rhoder & ORS (2013)

Operation Charger for British Transport Police

A conspiracy to steal railway track which was then sold as scrap

Cell-site analysis defined the movements of defendants to meeting points, to the scene of the thefts and to scrap metal merchants said to be involved with handling the stolen track.

R v D. Evans (2013)

Conspiracy to steal

Analysis of call data and interpreting field survey results to show the movement and potential location of the phone attributed to Mr. Evans at critical times.

R v Allen (2012)

Witness intimidation

The case required the analysis of a mobile telephone to corroborate, or otherwise, the account of the intimidated witness. The call records were analysed and plotted on a series of maps showing the movement and potential location of a phone at critical times.

R v J. Rai (2014)

Murder of Jasbir Bains

Case involved comparing calls and movements of a clean phone and dirty phone which were attributed to Mr Rai, and showing calling patterns between the defendant and victims phones.

R v Paul Davies (2013)

Pub murder of M. O’Reilly

The case involved the analysis of call data for several phones before and after the shooting and plotting their movements in the period, including showing travel to an airport by the defendant.

HMRC v Lowe, Sheekey & Ors. (2012)

Operation Yerk for HMRC

Involved cell-site tracking of the movements of illegal imports of cigarettes in furniture imports from the port of origin to a bonded warehouse.

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/hm-revenue-customs-hmrc/pressreleases/furniture-importers-jailed-in-tobacco-smuggling-racket-799339

R v Osoteku & Ors (2011)

The murder of Sofyen Belamouadden in Victoria Underground Station by a gang of 20 youths.

Cell-site analysis considered the organisation of the joint enterprise and movements of the 20 defendants to the scene of the attack.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15310015

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Raoul Moat Enquiry and R v Ness & Ors (2010)

Conspiracy to supply the firearm and assist Raoul Moat in the murder of Christopher Brown, attempted murder of his former girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and PC David Rathband who was blinded in the attack. Cell site analysis identified the movements of the offenders when assisting Moat and showed they had supplied assistance to Moat whilst he was on the run from the police. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10583120

R v Khakh & Others (2009)

Kidnap & blackmail case 

The evidence involved extensive cell-site and telephone material, including multiple IMEI/SIM swaps. (Some defendants were convicted almost entirely on such material).

R v Hall & Others (2008)

Multiple Cash-in-Transit Robberies throughout the south of England 

Extensive analysis presented to show association between defendants and patterns of repeated travel to offence locations.

The Stirland Murders (2006)

The murder of Mr & Mrs Stirland at home in Lincolnshire in revenge for a murder carried out by their son.

Patterns of travel of defendants were examined through cell-site analysis to consider association of individuals.

R v Shakil and Saleem (2008, 2009), Defence

Charged with the carrying out the reconnaissance for the London Bombing
The evidence involved plotting movement of the phones in relation to London attractions

R v A. Skowron (2011)

Road traffic accident resulting in a death

The case involved field surveys to determine the coverage of specific cells in relation to certain areas, to prove or disprove, the location of the phone used by Mr. Skowron, at the time of the traffic accident.

R v Farmer & Sonnex (2009)

Murder of two French students in London

The evidence included cell-site analysis of the movements of the defendants prior to and following the murders and subsequent use of the victim’s mobile telephones.

R v Coutts & Others (2007)

Kidnap of a Securitas Cash Depot manager and his family before the robbery of the Tonbridge depot of over £53 million in cash.

Cell-site analysis and cell-coverage surveys used to show alternative location of defendant.

R v Chenery-Wickens (2009), Prosecution

Charged with murdering his wife, a BBC make-up artist.

The evidence involved plotting the accused movement, and that of his wife’s phone, to prove that he had taken her phone to London before reporting his wife missing.

R v Patel (2009), Prosecution

Charged with drug dealing 

The evidence involved showing that one person could have used two phones, by plotting movement and calling patterns. The weight of the telephone evidence, after successfully countering the defence response, helped secure a guilty plea before the trial started.