Barristers from No5 act for defendants in drug conspiracy trial

Wed, 24 Apr 2019

Three lawyers at No5 Barristers’ Chambers have been involved in a complex drugs case in which two women were involved in transporting thousands of pounds worth of heroin and crack cocaine from Birmingham to sell in Warwick and Leamington.

Rebecca Manix and Deborah Walsh had both denied being involved in conspiracies to supply the two class A drugs but were each found guilty of both charges by unanimous verdict after a two-and-a-half-week trial at Warwick Crown Court.

Tom Schofield was part of the defence team for Walsh, 57, of Lower Avenue, Leamington, who was remanded in custody to be sentenced at a later date along with Manix, 46, of Morton Street, Leamington.

Two men, Kyle Crossley, 18, of Pickard Street, Warwick, and Michael Hobday, 20, of Wedgnock Green, Warwick, had also denied conspiracy charges.

No5’s Simon Hunka represented Hobday while barrister James Doyle represented Crossley. The two men were both found not guilty. However, Crossley faces being sentenced for his part in an earlier conspiracy to supply drugs and was granted bail (represented by a different legal team).

The court heard that Operation Bushey Two was the name given by Warwickshire Police to part of a bigger investigation into the supply of class A drugs from Birmingham by a group of drug dealers to Leamington and Warwick for supply. Operation Bushey One had also led to arrests.

Others named in the charges Meshach Duncan, 30, of Weeford Drive, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham; Kieran Aldred, 20, of St Michael’s Road, Warwick; Mateusz Frasunkiewicz, 21, of Buckley Road, Leamington and Dajon Donaldson, 20, of Coniston Crescent, Great Barr, Birmingham, pleaded guilty.

Manix and Walsh will be sentenced with Duncan, Aldred, Frasunkiewicz and Donaldson, and others from Bushey One including Crossley, on a date to be fixed.

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