Kent

Photograph of the Kent countrysideOur staff in Kent are based in our office in Canterbury.

They deal with over 27,000 cases in the magistrates' courts in Medway, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Canterbury, Thanet and Folkestone.

At Maidstone and Canterbury Crown Courts, our team prosecutes around 2,700 cases each year.

 

Amongst the high profile cases that the CPS has dealt with in Kent are:

  • The Securitas depot robbery in Tonbridge in 2006, which was the largest cash robbery in British history. A total of £53 million was stolen. Six men were jailed in the UK, with sentences ranging between 15 and 20 years, with a sixth man jailed in Morocco for 25 years.
  • The murder of schoolgirl Claire Tiltman in 1993, with Colin Ash-Smith convicted of killing her in December 2014. The prosecution case was based around Ash-Smith's "pattern of offending", with Claire's murder similar to other attacks he had carried on women in the local area.
  • An attempt to bring 18 Albanians into the UK illegally, which led to a rescue being launched, after the boat they were in got into difficulties off the coast of Dymchurch. Robert Stilwell was jailed for four years and four months, while Mark Stribling was sentenced to four years and eight months.
  • An arson attack on a home in Chatham, in which Melissa Crook, her baby son Noah and Melissa's father Mark died. Melissa's estranged husband Danai Muhammadi and his friend Farhad Mahmud were both convicted of their murders, while Muhammadi's girlfriend was convicted of manslaughter.