Practice and Procedure

R v MARK JORDAN (2009)

PUBLISHED April 28, 2009

[2009] EWCA Crim 953

A decision to admit evidence of an accused's previous convictions had been within the judge's discretion and had not been unfair or undermined the resulting conviction even though they were admitted to establish propensity where the actual application had been on a different basis. The circumstances of the case meant that the issues of propensity, coincidence and innocent association were so closely interrelated that the directions the judge gave would have been so similar in relation to each.

CA (Crim Div) (Hallett LJ, Simon J, Blake J)