Practice and Procedure

R v CYRIL WOOLF (2011)

PUBLISHED November 1, 2011

[2011] EWCA Crim 2764

Where a family member had been convicted of the indecent assault of two children of the family, notwithstanding inconsistencies and conflicts in the evidence of the complainants, the judge had been entitled to leave the matter to the jury. In her directions to the jury, the judge had dealt fairly and clearly with the issue of alleged collusion, contamination and cross-admissibility, and had given commonsense guidance when reminding the jury that it was dealing with the evidence of children: the conviction was not unsafe as a result of the judge's comments.

CA (Crim Div) (Gross LJ, Openshaw J, Judge Milford QC)