Practice and Procedure

R V SK (2002)

PUBLISHED May 31, 2002

[2002] EWCA Crim 1319

An appliction to cross-examine a complainant about previous sexual experience to prove that she lied to the court was disallowed where it had been unlikely that the line of questioning would have proved profitable and could only have served to distract the jury from the main issues in the case. In this case the maximum available sentence for unlawful sexual intercourse was two years and it was impossible to justify any longer term.

CA (Crim Div) (Mantell LJ, Field J)