Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 455 (Jul)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Rose LJ, Colman and Stanley Burnton JJ

Representation Peter Weatherby (instructed by Irwin Mitchell, Sheffield) for the defendant.
  Peter Makepeace (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 30 July 2002


Criminal law - Appeal - Fresh evidence - Psychiatric evidence - Whether psychiatric evidence tending to show that witness suffered from abnormality of mind that affected reliability of evidence - Whether evidence admissible - Whether conviction unsafe.

The Case

A conviction for rape was upheld because fresh psychiatric evidence did not indicate that the complainant was suffering from any abnormality of mind that would have effected the reliability of her evidence.

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