Authority indicated that there was no basis for the argument that a defence of self-defence on the basis that the victim had struck the first blow could not involve an imputation on the character of the victim within the meaning in the Criminal Evidence Act 1898 s.1(3)(ii). A judge had erred in the exercise of his discretion by allowing in evidence of the defendant's previous convictions as the effect of doing so had been to increase the attack on the defendant's propensity such that the prejudice to him outweighed any advantage to the jury.

[2005] EWCA Crim 3515

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