Practice and Procedure

R v PAUL CHABLE (2009)

PUBLISHED February 13, 2009

[2009] EWCA Crim 496

A conviction for blackmail was upheld as evidence of a knife found under the offender's pillow was admissible bad character evidence as he had vehemently denied having anything to do with knives, and therefore the evidence went to rebut a false impression and towards showing that he had a disposition to use knives. The direction that the judge had given the jury had been careful and effective and was not inconsistent.

CA (Crim Div) (Rix LJ, Hedley J, Judge Paget QC)