Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2013] All ER (D) 178 (May)
Neutral Citation: [2013] EWCA Crim 712
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Leveson LJ, Foskett and Hickinbottom JJ

Representation Tim Owen QC and Aaron Watkins (instructed by G T Stewart Solicitors) for the defendant.
  Mark Ellison QC and Alison Morgan (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 15 May 2013


Criminal law - Appeal - Leave to appeal - Murder - Fresh evidence - Forensic evidence - Defendant being charged for murder following advances in forensic science - Forensic evidence linking fibres from deceased's clothes with defendant - Defendant being convicted - Defendant appealing - Whether conduct of trial in respect of forensic evidence unfair - Whether conviction unsafe - , and .

The Case

Criminal law Appeal. The application for leave to appeal followed the conviction of the defendant for the high profile murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. The trial that had led to the conviction had followed advances in forensic science and new forensic evidence linking clothing Stephen Lawrence had been wearing the night he had been stabbed with clothing belonging to the defendant that had been found following a police search. The defendant was unanimously convicted of murder following trial and sought leave to remain against conviction after he challenged the admissibility and use of surveillance and forensic evidence. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in refusing leave to appeal held that the admissibility and use of surveillance and forensic evidence had not rendered the trial unfair or the conviction unsafe.

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