Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 73 (Jul)
Neutral Citation: [2002] EWCA Crim 1657
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Judge:

Pill LJ, Nelson and McCombe JJ

Representation Andrew Campbell-Tiech (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Gary Bell (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the second co-defendant.
  Brian Higgs QC and Simon Denison (instructed by Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 4 July 2002

Catchwords

Criminal law - Separate trials - Discretion of judge - Prejudice to accused - Doing an act tending or intended to pervert course of justice - Co-defendant running defence of duress and attacking defendant's character - Whether judge should have ordered separate trials or discharged jury from returning verdicts on defendant's charges.

The Case

The defendant's conviction for an offence of doing an act tending or intended to pervert the course of justice was safe because the judge had not erred in requiring the defendant to be tried together with his co-defendants in the circumstances.

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