||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 136 (Mar)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Mantell LJ, Elias and Jack JJ
||The defendant appeared in person.
||Guy Ladenburg (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||8 March 2004
Criminal law - Criminal damage - Lawful excuse - Protection of property - Availability of defence - s 5.
The defendant's appeal against conviction was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on 20 November 2003 (see ). The court refused the defendant leave to appeal to the House of Lords, but certified that the following point of law of general public importance was involved in its decision: 'Can a verdict of guilty ever be considered safe if it results from a direction to convict?'
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