EWCA Crim 54
In a trial of four defendants for aggravated burglary and associated firearms offences, the trial judge had correctly admitted as hearsay evidence the written statements of the two principal prosecution witnesses, who were too afraid to attend trial. Their evidence was prima facie reliable and its strengths and weaknesses could be readily assessed by the jury. The approach to bad character evidence regarding a witness present at trial, governed by the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.100(1)(b), also applied when an absent witness's credibility was in issue.
CA (Crim Div) (Fulford LJ, Cox J, Judge Wait)