Although the young age of a complainant in a sexual assault case was not in itself a necessarily insurmountable obstacle for the prosecution in proving competency to give evidence under the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 s.53, in the circumstances the complainant had not been interviewed timeously or appropriately and had not on cross examination given intelligible answers that indicated that she was a competent witness.

[2006] EWCA Crim 3

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