Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2003] All ER (D) 109 (Jun)
Neutral Citation: [2003] EWCA Crim 402
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Scott Baker LJ, Sachs J and Sir Ian Kennedy

Representation Ashley Barnes (instructed by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Richard Mullan (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 3 February 2003


Criminal evidence and procedure - Trial - Jury - Conduct of jurors - Summing up - Direction to jury - Failure to give good character direction - Safety of conviction.

The Case

Where the defendant's counsel had failed to apply on his behalf to the judge for a good character direction, that failure to give a good character direction was fatal to the safety of the defendant's conviction and it would, therefore, be quashed.

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