Serena Gates appeared for the prosecution in the two-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court involving a family of jewellers, Brian and Kim Maltman and their son Daniel. All three member of the family were found guilty of converting criminal property and were jailed for a total of 20 years.
Brian, Kim and Daniel Maltman were all involved in a multi-million-pound scam called 'fencing', using gold stolen in burglaries. The jury heard that over 15 months, Brian and Kim Maltman and their son Daniel took the gold for smelting to a merchant in London's Hatton Garden and were paid £1.4million.
The family used the money to fund lavish round-the-world trips to Las Vegas, Barbados, the Bahamas and Thailand.
A court heard however that figure was scrap value and the true value of the jewellery was much greater but impossible to assess without the precious metal being examined.
Through the family-run jewellery shop Facets in Edmonton, London, and their home in Romford, Essex, a flow of burglars handed stolen jewellery over to Brian Maltman.
Described by a judge as 'a magnet' for the disposal of stolen gold, the 55-year-old then recruited his son and wife to help him sell it on. Through their criminal activity, the family were able to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in a mortgage-free property with three cars.
Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court, Brian Maltman was jailed for 10 years, Daniel Maltman for six years and Kim Maltman for four years.
All three were banned from operating a jewellery business upon their release for five years.
Serena Gates has built up a successful practice both prosecuting and defending in all types of crime including complex multi handed cases and serious sexual offences. Serena is a Grade 4 Prosecutor on the approved list of Prosecuting Counsel for London. She is also on the Specialist panels for Fraud, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences and Serious Organised Crime.