Paul Rooney successfully prosecutes two men for Aggravated Burglary

Christopher Sharp & Trenton Marlow were convicted after trial of an Aggravated Burglary that occurred in the early evening of 09.11.18 in Middlesbrough. The two men high on a cocktail of drink and drugs, forced their way into a house and threatened four adults who were in the living room, demanding money from them. Two small children were upstairs asleep in bed.

The two defendants searched the adults and took money from their pockets, they then demanded drugs. Upon being told that there were no drugs at the house, Sharpe produced a large knife from the waistband of his trousers and placed the tip of it into the throat of one of the householders and further threats were made that people would be stabbed if drugs were not handed over.

Following legal arguments on day one of the trial, regarding the admissibility of bad character evidence Sharp pleaded guilty.

On day two of the trial Paul made further successful applications regarding the admissibility of hearsay evidence, following which, Marlowe changed his plea to guilty.

Sharp was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. Marlowe was sentenced to 5 years 2 months in a young offenders’ institution.