Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2003] All ER (D) 68 (Feb)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Scott Baker LJ, Sachs J and Judge Fawcus

Representation Sally Hobson (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Mark Halsey (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 6 February 2003


Criminal law - Defence - Statutory defence - Having an article with a blade or point in a public place - Good reason or lawful authority - Availability of defence - s 139.

The Case

The defendant's conviction for an offence of having possession of a bladed article in a public place was safe because the judge had not erred in effectively withdrawing the issue from the jury where there was plainly no evidence of a good reason for having the article.

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