Tim Evans receives his third Cumbria Chief Constable’s commendation

November 23, 2023

Tim Evans from Exchange Chambers has received his third Cumbria Chief Constable’s commendation in the last 3 years.

Having first been formally commended for prosecuting Operation Nile – a complex 16-handed ‘county lines’ drugs operation – and then for Operation Darwin – a 6-handed murder in which he was responsible for presenting most of the Crown’s evidence and cross examining the key female Defendant – he received this third commendation for Operation Denmark.

In that trial, he was leading counsel for the Crown in the successful prosecution of Kane Hull and Liam Porter for murder. Hull was a notorious offender in North Cumbria with numerous previous convictions for weapons related violence. On 18th September 2021, following a perceived insult to a family member, Hull and Porter hunted their victim down to a busy bar in the centre of Carlise where Hull initially attempted to glass him. On that failing, both men left and returned disguised 15 minutes later when Hull stabbed him to death. Both fled the scene, burned out the car they were using and, after a number of days on the run in Cumbria and Southern Scotland, fled to Northern Ireland and then the Irish Republic.

The case was a complex one involving the analysis of the use and movements of mobile phones, the association of the Defendant with a number of vehicles and addresses in Cumbria, Scotland and both Northern and Southern Ireland and the presentation of CCTV evidence from numerous Carlisle city centre cameras and cameras from Scotland and Ireland. There were also 3 other individuals who were successfully prosecuted for assisting offenders. Hull and Porter both received the mandatory life sentences with Hull required to serve a minimum term of 28 years and Porter 26 years.

The Senior Investigating Officer commenting on the case said ‘Cumbria is a much safer place after the imprisonment of these 2 men’.