Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 252 (Apr)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Hallett LJ, Langstaff J and Judge Stewart QC

Representation John Blair-Gould (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Timothy Spencer QC and Adam Weitzman (instructed by the Serious Fraud Office) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 27 April 2006


Criminal law - Trial - Judge - Summing up - Using a false instrument - Issue in case whether defendant had acted dishonestly - Defendant relying on documentary evidence - Evidence relating to each count being similar - Judge failing to refer to each documentation in relation to each count - Whether conviction unsafe.

The Case

In the instant case, where the defendant was alleged to have used a false instrument, having altered lease documents, the judge's failure to refer to each document relied upon by him in relation to each of the 13counts did not render the conviction unsafe.

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