Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 511 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2002] EWCA Crim 2626
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Rose LJ, Hughes and Royce JJ

Representation Richard Blake (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for ASL and Y.
  Thomas Buxton (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for ASH.
  Robert Spencer Bernard (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 31 October 2002


Criminal evidence and procedure - Trial - Summing-up - Direction to jury - Judge failing to give specific alibi direction.

The Case

The failure to give an alibi direction was not necessarily fatal to the safety of a conviction. The authorities indicated that the requirement of an alibi direction was to prevent the jury from convicting merely because they thought that the defendant had been lying. In the instant case, the jury could not possibly have been misled in relation to the way in which they ought to have approached the question of alibi because the judge had given impeccable directions in relation to the burden of proof and on how the jury should treat lies told by the defendants.

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