Richard Heller acts for LB Southwark in their first perverting the course of justice case

2 October 2015

Richard Heller recently prosecuted the first perverting the course of justice case brought by the London Borough of Southwark. In March 2015, Khans Bargains Ltd and its director Akbar Khan were fined £20,000 for health and safety offences concerning breaches of the EU Biocidal Products Regulations in connection with the sale of a prohibited and deadly pesticide which had been fatally consumed by a young female. At the sentencing hearing at Inner London Crown Court, Mr Khan produced an invoice showing he had been given the products free of charge by a reputable wholesaler. Subsequent investigations by Trading Standards revealed the invoice had been forged by Mr Khan knowing the wholesaler had ceased trading following the death of its owner and that Mr Khan has sought to persuade the deceased man’s family to corroborate his dishonest claim. Upon invitation by the Crown Court judge to whom the invoice had been produced, Mr Khan was prosecuted for attempting to pervert the course of justice and imprisoned for 4 months.

Click here for a recent press report on the matter.