Practice and Procedure

201201180 D2 Ayanle (2013)

PUBLISHED March 8, 2013

[2013] EWCA Crim 1069

A judge's decision to admit hearsay evidence given by a 14-year-old youth who had been given assurances by the police that he would not be called to give oral evidence was upheld where the assurances had been given after a previous court ruling confirming the boy's fear of one of the accused and where the judge had highlighted the potential prejudice to the defence in not being able to cross-examine the witness and had emphasised the need for caution.

CA (Crim Div) (Davis LJ, Silber J, Sir David Calvert-Smith)