Barry McElduff successfully prosecutes dangerous sexual offender

Eduardo Cruz received a sentence of 27 years for a string of offences against a girl aged between 10-14 years of age. Cruz had befriended the child’s parents before conducting a grooming campaign against the victim.
Barry McElduff prosecuted this case from start to finish having been initially instructed to advise the police before Mr Cruz was charged with any offences.
Mr Cruz was unanimously convicted of all 12 counts of rape, sexual assault, assault by penetration and inciting a child into sexual activity at a trial before HHJ Norton in Reading Crown Court in February 2020.
The recently concluded sentencing hearing had been delayed due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Barry was instructed by the CPS Thames Valley RASSO Unit
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Circuit Judge Appointment: Mousley QC

The Queen has appointed William Howard Mousley QC to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Robert Buckland QC MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable Lord Burnett of Maldon.

The Lord Chief Justice has deployed him to the Western Circuit , based at Plymouth Combined Court with effect from 05 May 2020.

Notes to editors

William Howard Mousley QC, aged 57, will be known as His Honour Judge William Mousley QC.  He was called to the Bar (M) in 1986 and took silk in 2011.  He was appointed as a Recorder in 2009.

Gang jailed for string of West Midlands car-jackings

Between September and November last year, Michael Williams led Richard Sedgwick in the successful prosecution of a gang of armed robbers responsible for the robbery of a convenience store, 26 incidents of car-jacking, the kidnap of a recovery driver and threatening a soldier with an imitation firearm.  In total, the gang committed 46 offences over the course of four months in 2018.  The prosecution case rested largely on the movement of mobile telephones and analysis of call data.  The jury convicted the defendants upon all counts.

The ringleader, Paul Doyle, had previously received an indeterminate sentence for public protection in 2007 for the armed robbery of cash in a transit van.  For these offences, he received a life sentence and will have to serve a minimum of 12 years before the parole board will consider him for release.  Joshua Barrett, Luke Mander, and Kier Carter, received sentences of 18 years, 16 and a half years, and 3 years respectively.

Further details of the case can be found on the BBC here:


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