Practice and Procedure

R v JOHN DEENEY (2011)

PUBLISHED April 14, 2011

[2011] EWCA Crim 893

Convictions for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm were upheld where the accused had chosen not to have a victim's statements read out or to call any other witnesses because that victim refused to give evidence and so could not be cross-examined. The accused had understood the trial process but had considered that he could manipulate it to his advantage when he understood that the victim would be unwilling to attend.

CA (Crim Div) (Rix LJ, Roderick Evans J, Judge Gordon)