Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2013] All ER (D) 150 (Jun)
Neutral Citation: [2013] EWCA Crim 987
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Pitchford LJ, Griffith Williams J and Judge Ford QC

Representation Rhodri James (instructed by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Tom Little (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 18 June 2013


Criminal law - Appeal - Appeal against conviction - Defendant being charged with assault offences against two victims - Judge allowing prosecution to adduce evidence as to good character of one of the victims - Judge also intervening a number of times during cross-examination of defence witness - Defendant being convicted - Defendant appealing - Whether judge erring - Whether conviction unsafe - .

The Case

Criminal law Appeal. The defendant had been convicted of one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm and one count of assault by beating. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, dismissed his appeal against conviction in circumstances where he challenged the safety of the convictions by contending that the judge had: (i) failed to exercise his discretion to exclude evidence adduced from one of the victims as to his own good character; and (ii) intervened a number of times during the cross-examination of a defence witness. It was held that there had been nothing in the judge's conduct in respect of either contention raised by the defendant.

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