Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 184 (Apr)
Neutral Citation: [2006] EWCA Crim 820
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Judge:

Richards LJ, Penry-Davey J and Judge Goddard QC

Representation Michael Mansfield QC and Andrew Scott (instructed by William Bache Solicitors) for the defendants.
  William Davis QC and Andrew Lockhart (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 12 April 2006

Catchwords

Criminal law - Appeal - Fresh evidence - Expert evidence - Manslaughter - Salt poisoning - Medical evidence at trial that salt ingested by deceased being cause of death - Fresh evidence that deceased suffering from medical condition - Whether conviction unsafe.

The Case

In the instant case, fresh evidence as to the cause of high levels of sodium in the deceased's body which conflicted with the evidence at trial that the cause had to have been ingestion of salt cast doubt upon the safety of the defendants' convictions for manslaughter as there was a real possibility that the jury would have reached a different conclusion had the evidence been admitted.

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