||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 124 (Sep)
|| EWCA Crim 2322
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Scott Baker LJ, Richards J and Dame Heather Steel
||William Saunders (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Thomas Payne (instructed by HM Customs & Excise) for the Crown.
||27 July 2003
Criminal evidence and procedure - Trial - Direction to jury - Duress - Adequacy of directions.
In a case where the defendant had been running the defence of duress, the judge's summing, viewed as a whole, had been adequate for the circumstances of the case. Further, on the facts, the defence had not had an inherent ring of truth about it and the jury had had no difficulty in rejecting it. Accordingly, the conviction was safe.
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