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Baines' advocate has convictions quashed

Wed, 19 Feb 2014

A Manx advocate who represented millionaire Trevor Baines has had her convictions for money laundering and making false documents quashed.

Jenny Holt’s appeal case went before the Privy Council at the High Court of Justice this week.

In 2011 she was found guilty of the offences after a jury ruled she knew her clients - Trevor and Wendy Baines - had used £400,000 stolen from a trust fund to pay their legal fees.

She was handed a 12-month sentence suspended for two years.

However the new appeal found the Deemster in the trial had not directed the jury properly.

It says in these circumstances the defect in the direction was ‘fatal’ in the safety of the conviction which must now be quashed.

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