Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 500 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2002] EWCA Crim 2423
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Judge:

Potter LJ, Butterfield J and Judge Findlay Baker

Representation Gordon Ross (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Mark Miliken-Smith (instructed by the HM Customs and Excise) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 22 October 2002

Catchwords

Criminal evidence and procedure - Character of accused - Accused asserting positively good character - Accused calling evidence to support assertion of good character - Judge's direction to jury on accused's character - Adequacy of direction.

The Case

The failure of the judge to give a proper direction on the accused's good character rendered his conviction unsafe, but the interests of justice required that there be a retrial.

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