Practice and Procedure

R v FLORA UNAH (2011)

PUBLISHED July 12, 2011

[2011] EWCA Crim 1837

In relation to the offence of possessing a false passport under the Identity Cards Act 2006 s.25(5), the mere fact that a defendant did not know or believe that the document was false could not of itself amount to a reasonable excuse. However, that lack of knowledge or belief could be a relevant factor for a jury to consider when determining whether or not the defendant had a reasonable excuse for possessing the document.

CA (Crim Div) (Elias LJ, Wyn Williams J, Sir David Clarke)