||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 54 (Dec)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Mance LJ, Penry-Davey and Leveson JJ
||Levi Peter (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Ian Hope (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||5 December 2001
Criminal law - Trial - Witnesses - Defence witness - Defendant calling witness who was discredited on ground that he had lied in police interview - Whether judge should have given jury specific direction warning them that the witness' dishonesty was not reflective of culpability of defendant - Whether conviction consequently unsafe.
In a case in which a defence witness had been discredited on the ground that he had told lies in a police interview, no specific direction to the jury regarding how his evidence should be treated was necessary because the case was one in which the rejection of the explanation given by the defendant had left the jury with no choice but to convict as a matter of logic.
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