R v RYAN JOHNSON : R v PAUL CASEY : R v ANDREW BELFORD : R v ROBERT ANDERSON : R v DARREN MCBRIDE (2020)

1 April 2020

[2020] EWCA Crim 482

CA (Crim Div) (Simon LJ, Fraser J, Hilliard J)

A conviction for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs was quashed as, while it might have been open to the jury to conclude that the appellant was party to an agreement which involved the onward supply of drugs by him, there was insufficient evidence to establish that he was party to the larger conspiracy alleged. The trial judge had erred in refusing a submission of no case to answer. The court emphasised the importance of legal advisers complying with the time limits for submitting applications for permission to appeal.

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