Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2009] All ER (D) 177 (Jan)
Neutral Citation: [2009] EWCA Crim 19
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Stanley Burnton LJ, Bennett J and Judge Stephens QC

Representation Rex Tedd QC (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the first defendant.
  John Evans (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the second defendant.
  Stephen Linehan QC (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 23 January 2009


Criminal evidence - Previous inconsistent statement - Murder - Defendants being charged with murder - Previous inconsistent statements of prosecution witnesses exculpating defendants - Whether judge's directions adequate - Whether judge's summing-up adequate - Whether conviction unsafe - s 119.

The Case

Criminal evidence Previous inconsistent statement. Court of Appeal, Criminal Division: The defendants' appeals against their convictions of murder were dismissed where it was held that the judge's direction on previous inconsistent statements made by prosecution witnesses, which had been modelled on the JSB direction, had been appropriate.

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