Practice and Procedure

R v PF (2009)

PUBLISHED May 13, 2009

[2009] EWCA Crim 1086

Convictions for child sex offences, including anal rape, were rendered unsafe where the jury had to have attached significance to medical evidence which was suggestive of abuse, and fresh medical evidence on the physical signs of child sex abuse later rendered that evidence entirely neutral. Whether or not the court considered a defendant guilty, convictions could only stand if they were founded upon properly reliable evidence.

CA (Crim Div) (Toulson LJ, Sharp J, Judge Wadsworth QC)