Burglary Contested Hearing in the Magistrates’ Court

The client was charged with burglary of his girlfriend’s place of work and theft of around $15,000. The police alleged that it was an “inside job” and the girlfriend was also charged.

We represented the client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

After a contested hearing, where the girlfriend’s employer and his employees were cross-examined, submissions were made that there was no evidence to support the allegation that the client was not the man seen at the office on the relevant date. The Magistrate accepted the submission that there was not sufficient recognition evidence and that there was no case to answer. The charges against the client were dismissed and costs ordered against the police.


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