||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 358 (Apr)
|| EWCA Crim 1074
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Rix LJ, Keith J and Judge Paget QC
||Anton Lodge QC (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||James Pickup QC (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||30 April 2004
Criminal evidence and procedure - Trial - Summing up - Direction to jury - Character of accused - Good character - Judge's discretion.
In the circumstances of the instant case, where the defendant, who had minor and irrelevant previous convictions, was convicted of murder, the judge's failure properly and fully to direct the jury as to the effect of the defendant's good character in relation to both credibility and propensity rendered unsafe his conviction for murder, notwithstanding that he had, by his own admission, been involved in an earlier and connected course of violence.
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