Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 502 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2002] EWCA Crim 2446
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Rose LJ, Hughes and Royce JJ

Representation Paul Higham (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Robert Neill (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 23 October 2002


Criminal law - Arson - Possibility that accidental fire made to look like arson - Concession at trial that fire started deliberately - Safety of conviction.

The Case

Trial counsel representing a defendant charged with arson had not failed to put forward the suggestion that the fire was accidental and had subsequently been made to look like arson, and the defendant's conviction was accordingly not unsafe.

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