||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 63 (Oct)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Rix LJ, Dobbs J and Sir Charles Mantell
||C Geeson (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Jonathan Straw (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||3 October 2006
Criminal evidence - Expert evidence - Admissibility - Expert evidence as to witnesses reliability - Paediatrician giving evidence of reliability of autistic witness' - Whether conviction unsafe.
In a case where the defendant was convicted of acts of sexual misconduct on a young autistic victim, the judge had been entitled to admit expert evidence of a general nature which had concluded that autistic persons were unlikely to fabricate a story. The trial had not been rendered unfair by the failure to exclude such evidence.
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