Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2016] All ER (D) 180 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2016] EWCA Crim 1588
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Hallett VP, King and Dove JJ

Representation Richard Kovalevsky QC and Jamas Hodivala (instructed by Mandip Kumar of Hansards Solicitors) for F.
  Zoe Johnson QC and Stuart Biggs (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, Organised Crime Division) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 27 October 2016


Criminal law - Misconduct in public office - Appeal - Defendant junior crime reporter at newspaper corporation paying money to serving police officer for information and writing articles - Defendant being convicted of encouraging public officer to commit offence of misconduct in public office - Defendant appealing against conviction - Whether judge's summing up and written directions to jury being inadequate and, thus, undermining safety of conviction.

The Case

Criminal law Misconduct in public office. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, allowed an appeal against conviction by a former junior crime reporter of The Sun newspaper, for an offence of encouraging a public officer to commit the offence of misconduct in public office, namely, by paying a then serving police officer for information, which followed, written articles. The court held that the jury had not been provided with legally adequate directions tailored to the circumstances of the case. Accordingly, the conviction was unsafe and would be quashed.

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