||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 67 (Oct)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Hallett LJ, David Steel J and Judge Goddard QC
||Rebecca Stevens (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Christopher Tonge (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||5 October 2007
Criminal law - Trial - Direction to jury - Juries to be trusted to follow judge's direction on law - Self-defence - Whether defendant's conviction for assault occasioning actual bodily harm safe.
Criminal law Trial. In the instant case, where the judge had directed the jury properly and accurately as to the law and the evidence in the defendant's trial for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and as to his defence of self defence, it could not be said that his conviction was unsafe, as it was fundamental and often stated that juries had to be trusted to heed the judge's directions on the law; and, on the evidence, the jury had been entitled to find that the defence of self-defence had been disproved.
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