Practice and Procedure

R v (1) O (2) C (3) D (2011)

PUBLISHED April 19, 2011

[2011] EWCA Crim 1336

Evidence not immediately relevant to rape charges made against three young offenders had been properly admissible at their trial where it was relevant to assessing the truthfulness of the victim and where it demonstrated an attempt to corrupt witnesses. Regarding the latter, admissibility did not depend on there being a count of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The upper tariff for rape sentencing was not reserved purely for rapes committed over a course of time or involving multiple victims.

CA (Crim Div) (Toulson LJ, Davis J, Judge Bevan QC)