Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2009] All ER (D) 54 (Jan)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Hughes LJ, Wilkie J and Sir Geoffrey Grigson (Judgment delivered extempore)

Representation Hilary Roberts (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Susan Ferrier (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Counsel) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 14 January 2009


Criminal law - Trial - Indictment - Rape - Procuring woman to become common prostitute - Indictment failing to specify dates offences occurred - Unclear whether offences committed before or after relevant legislation - Whether defect in indictment rendering conviction unsafe - .

The Case

Criminal law Trial. Court of Appeal, Criminal Division: Where an indictment had failed to identify precisely the dates on which the defendant had committed sexual offences and those offences had been committed and the evidence was inconclusive as to when the offences had occurred, the convictions on those offences had to be quashed.

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