James Doyle Defends Client In 8 Day Firearms Trial

At Croydon Crown Court

Published: 17th June 2024

James Doyle, instructed by Goran Stojsavljevic of Berkeley Square Solicitors, defended Sheraz Majeed in an 8 day trial at Croydon Crown Court in respect of allegation of 8 counts of firearms offences.

The defendant ran a dry-cleaners in Thornton Heath, which was the subject of a raid by firearms officers in October 2020 as part of Operation Trident in execution of a search warrant following a shooting in nearby Mitcham.

An automatic Glock 17 firearm, together with two silencers and 48 bullets were found by the police in a laundry basket at the back of the defendant’s shop. The defendant, who worked 6 days per week in his shop, denied all knowledge of the weapon. He was unable to explain how it had got into the laundry basket in his shop.

The defendant employed four people at the time of the raid. None of those individuals were arrested.

At trial, the prosecution stated that the police had found “an assassin’s toolkit”.

The defendant was unanimously acquitted on the 8 counts he faced on the trial indictment alleging offences of possession of the firearm, the two silencers and the ammunition with intent to endanger life and simple possession of those items.