Henry Blackshaw and Isobel Thomas Prosecute Nationally Reported Money Laundering Case

The case involved the prosecution of defendants for laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking by family members and other close associates.
Evidence of others’ criminality was successfully introduced to establish the background. Additionally there was extensive analysis of the defendants’ financial circumstances over a period of years to show that they were living beyond their means. This included analysis of bank accounts together with expenditure on discrete areas of high living, such as holidays, cars and house improvements, with the complex and extensive evidence summarised into accessible timeline style diagrams and schedules. The original trial had to be abandoned when a defendant became ill. Subsequently acceptable guilty pleas were tendered and the factual basis for sentence established through a trial of issue.