Neil Ross managed to secure a financial penalty for a client originally charged with aggravated burglary. His client, along with 5 others, broke into a property, carrying improvised weapons in search for an individual. When the group discovered he was not there, two of them stole some items from the property. Neil Ross was able to persuade the Crown that it could not prove on the basis of joint enterprise that his client was part of any agreement to take the items. His client then pleaded guilty to lesser offences of affray and having an offensive weapon. Following mitigation, the Judge was sufficiently persuaded to deal with the case in an exceptional manner by imposing a financial penalty.
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