Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2005] All ER (D) 356 (Nov)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Moses LJ, Gibbs and Treacy JJ

Representation Nigel Pascoe QC and Mark Ruffell (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  William Boyce QC and Mark Heywood (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 25 November 2005


Criminal evidence - Expert evidence - Admissibility - Murder - Identification - Expert evidence as to facial mapping - Whether judge erring in admitting evidence.

The Case

In the instant case, the judge had been entitled to conclude that the evidence from facial mapping experts was admissible in the defendant's trial for murder where the issue was identification. He had been entitled to conclude that the expert evidence was evidence fit for the jury's consideration, and that the quality of the underlying material had been sufficient to support the prosecution expert's view. Accordingly, the defendant's conviction for murder was not unsafe.

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