37.10

Sentencing of Donakey and others

30/06/2010

Following their arrest the prosecution team worked hard to gather the evidence to take this case to trial.

It took considerable time and effort to bring together the offences involving 5 police forces and which spanned over a 5 year period, however it was this determination that secured the conviction of these 4 violent offenders who were sentenced yesterday to a total of over 60 years imprisonment.

We appreciate the comments made by the judge on our efforts in this case; a successful prosecution is not simply down to the prosecutor in court but also the team effort from all of my staff and the wider prosecution team including the police and those who support victims and witnesses, who without, there would be no justice.

This case is proof that despite the length of time passed and geography involved we are able to expose the extent of these offenders criminality.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. For further information contact Victoria Lambert on 01202 498705.
  2. John Mulhall was convicted of three counts conspiracy to rob, one charge of escaping lawful custody and one count of possessing a prohibited firearm.
  3. The DPP has published his long term vision for the prosecution service and its role within the wider criminal justice system. It includes modernising the service and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal justice - read The Public Prosecution Service: Setting the Standard at www.cps.gov.uk/pps
  4. The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). These are organised into 12 Groups, plus CPS London, each overseen by Group Chair, a senior CCP. In addition there are four specialised national divisions: Organised Crime, Special Crime, Counter-Terrorism and the Fraud Prosecution Service. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,250 people and prosecuted 1,032,598 cases with an overall conviction rate of 86.6% in 2008-2009. Further information can be found on our website: www.cps.gov.uk
  5. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.  This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests.  The Protocol is published on our website at: http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/agencies/mediaprotocol.html