Practice and Procedure

R v (1) DZ (2) JZ (2012)

PUBLISHED March 27, 2012

[2012] EWCA Crim 1845

The judge had been wrong to direct the acquittal of two of the four defendants in a case involving an allegation of the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl; evidence of collusion between the complainant and a witness might be used to cast doubt on their reliability and truthfulness but it should not have been used as a reason for stopping the case.

CA (Crim Div) (Moses LJ, Calvert-Smith J, Sharp J)