Betsy specialises in criminal law and became a tenant of Central Chambers in September 2020, following the completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Benjamin Knight.
Since then Betsy has developed a busy criminal practice, both prosecuting and defending with approximately a 30/70 split. Her practice spans all areas of crime including sexual offences, drugs, violence, fraud and firearms.
Betsy has and is currently instructed on a number of Controlling and Coercive behaviour trials, an offence which has only fairly recently been brought into legislation but is increasingly being charged in domestic violence matters. Her understanding of this complex and still unfamiliar area of law is invaluable and recently led to the offence being withdrawn from a Jury mid-trial, following legal arguments made by her.
Betsy has also recently appeared as defence counsel in a multi-defendant County-lines drug trafficking trial which involved vital DNA evidence being deemed inconclusive following challenges made by Betsy to the forensic experts’ initial evidence and findings.
Betsy is particularly client-focused and is assisted by her approachable manner and ability to build immediate rapport with whomever she is communicating. Betsy is eager to continue building on her relationships with existing and new instructing solicitors and clients.
Betsy is available to take instructions in all areas of crime.
R v AG 2021 – Secured a suspended sentence for a s.16A Firearms offence involving children.
R v DH 2021 – Secured lowest possible sentence on a County-lines drug case after arguing exceptional mitigation points.
R v AK 2021 – Secured an acquittal on all counts following a trial involving violence, controlling and coercive behaviour, theft and a breach of a non-molestation order.
R v JD 2020 – Successfully defended a Newton Hearing on a s.47 ABH charge, in the Crown Court. The case involved 4 live witnesses, one of whom was extremely vulnerable and gave evidence via live link. The outcome resulted in securing a full one-third credit for the defendant, as well as him being sentenced on his full basis, meaning the offence fell within the lower category on the guidelines. This result meant the difference of approximately an additional 20 months’ imprisonment.
R v MCW (May) 2020 – Secured a suspended sentence for a burglary where the defendant had 180 previous convictions for similar offences and had only been released on licence 2 weeks prior.
R v MCW (August) 2020 – Managed to secure the lowest possible sentence available for a defendant who had been given a suspended sentence only 3 months prior, for the same offending and 181 previous convictions. Following strong personal mitigation, Ms Hindle was able to persuade the Judge to account for the inevitable full activation of his previous suspended sentence when imposing sentence for the new offending, which is required to run consecutive.
R v GB 2020 – Successfully argued the case of R v Privett 2020 in order to obtain the shortest possible custodial sentence for a defendant who had breached his Sexual Harm Prevention Order twice, having only received it months earlier, along with a suspended sentence order.
R v WM 2020 – Secured an 8-month custodial sentence for a domestic burglary committed by a defendant who was subject to an IPP. The burglary included violence on a 16 year old occupant and ransacking of the property in search of drugs.
R v PP 2020 – Secured a community order for 3 offences of possessing a prohibited weapon under the Firearms Act.
R v JW 2020 – Successfully argued an overly oppressive and restrictive prohibition of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
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