||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 106 (Aug)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Rose LJ, Rafferty and Grigson JJ
||Tim Owen QC (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Peter Henry (instructed by the Serious Fraud Office) for the Crown.
||21 August 2003
Criminal evidence and procedure - Bail - Breach of bail condition - Defendant committing flagrant breaches of conditions of bail but surrendering to custody when required - Conviction for criminal contempt of court - Appropriateness of conviction - .
Where a defendant breached conditions of bail but surrendered to custody on time, a judge had no power to convict the defendant of criminal contempt of court under s6(1) of the . There were potentially two routes of redress for such breaches: bail could be revoked or, if the breach of condition constituted an interference with the administration of justice, such as by approaching a witness, a defendant could be prosecuted for such an offence.
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