Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 507 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2002] EWCA Crim 2427
Court: Court of appeal, Criminal Division

Potter LJ, Butterfield J and Judge Findlay Baker

Representation Wayne Cleaver (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Tony Docking (instructed by Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 24 October 2002


Jury - Verdict - Inconsistent verdict - No logical inconsistency as between verdicts.

The Case

The test whether or not verdicts were inconsistent required it to be shown that no jury, reasonably applying their mind to the facts of the case, could have arrived at the conclusion which they had. In the instant case, the defendant had made admissions in respect of one incident which formed the basis of one count, but had made no admissions in respect of a further incident which had formed the basis of the second count. Accordingly, it could not be said that the verdicts were inconsistent.

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