The appellant's murder trial had been fair and his defence had been conducted competently. On the facts, evidence of a police interview would not have been found inadmissible even if a voire dire had been requested and the other evidence against the appellant had been very strong in any event. However, the imposition of a mandatory death sentence for murder under the Offences against the Person Act 1861 s.2 was inhuman and degrading and therefore unconstitutional.

[2005] UKPC 2

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