||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 141 (Oct)
|| EWCA Crim 2314
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Sir Igor Judge P, Gray and McCombe JJ
||Karim Khalil QC and Gregory Perrins (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Orlando Pownall QC and Oliver Glasgow (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||12 October 2006
Criminal evidence - Similar facts - Circumstances in which similar fact evidence admissible - Whether evidence amounting to similar fact - Causing a public nuisance - Arson with intent to endanger life - Direction to jury as to similar fact - Whether conviction unsafe.
In the instant case, where the defendant was tried on an indictment containing, inter alia, causing a public nuisance and arson with intent to endanger life, there was no proper basis for interfering with the jury's verdict, either in relation to whether certain evidence relied upon could properly be characterised as similar fact evidence or to the judge's direction as to similar fact, and it followed that his convictions for causing a public nuisance and arson with intent to endanger life were not, in the circumstances, unsafe.
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