||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 269 (Jan)
Scott Baker J
||Alphege Bell (instructed by Pollecoff) for the claimant.
||Andrew Walker (instructed by HM Customs and Excise ) for the defendant.
||30 January 2002
Criminal law - Plea - Change of plea - Claimant pleading guilty to importation of controlled drugs - Claimant seeking to vacate plea and advance defence of duress - Judge refusing claimant's application to vacate plea - Whether judge in error.
A judge had been entitled to refuse a defendant's application to vacate a plea of guilty to an offence of being knowingly concerned with the importation of controlled substances in circumstances where it was not possible to say that it was in the interests of justice to allow the defendant to change his plea.
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