[2002] UKPC 23

A verdict for murder was quashed and substituted with a verdict of manslaughter where the trial judge's direction on murder risked confusing the jury over the ingredients of murder and manslaughter. The trial judge had been entitled to take the view that a Lucas direction was not required where the prosecution had not adduced any evidence of the truth or otherwise of the appellant's version of events and the appellant had not given evidence at trial.

PC (Bah) (Lord Slynn of Hadley, Lord Steyn, Lord Hutton, Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough, Lord Rodger)

20/05/2002

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