Monday 4th February 2013, 10.30am was when the visit to Kingston Crown Court took place. The case that was observed consisted of six males. Throughout the whole time in the courtroom, the Clerk was keeping a record of the proceedings.
The first male was 19 years of age, named Ally. Ally was on trial for being supplied Class A drugs, two accounts of armed robbery, and handling stolen goods, which Ally pleaded guilty to. The prosecution officer only gave reference to the handling of stolen good, there was no evidence presented. However, for supplying of drugs, there was picture evidence, all of the young boys clutching large amounts of money, which was given to the judge, through the use of the usher. Although there was no other evidence of whether supplying the drugs resulted in profit or loss, the judge explained that there must have been a reason for the quantity of drugs being supplied, people don’t do it out the kindness of their hearts, meaning there is a level of benefit and commerciality, which was explained by the judge that this will affect the sentence. The second male was known as Berry, who was 22 years of age when he was arrested, but now 23. He was on trial for supplying Class A drugs, pleading guilty on these convictions. The prosecution officer also supplied the same evidence as Simpson, the photograph of the males, clutching large amounts of money.
The third male was named Simpson, who was 17 years of age, but convicted at the age of 18, for the possession of cocaine. Simpson pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, which his solicitor kept pointing out, as this could have a positive effect on his sentencing. He had currently served 18 months in young offenders. Simpson’s solicitor explained how no more evidence was needed, but the judge ordered a pre-sentence report update, asking the probation officer of his drug rehabilitation development to be added to the report.
The fourth male, Uboa, was also 17