R v ANTHONY MURPHY (2020)

12 February 2020

[2020] EWCA Crim 137

CA (Crim Div) (Simon LJ, Cutts J, Eady J)

In a rape trial where the central issue was credibility, the judge had been entitled to permit the prosecution to adduce evidence of a defence witness’s bad character under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.100(1)(b). The fact that the witness had been convicted of serious sexual offences might fairly be regarded as providing an explanation of why he might be prepared to lie to assist a friend accused of similar offences.

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