Practice and Procedure

R v W (2010)

PUBLISHED January 27, 2010

[2010] EWCA Crim 203

In a case where convictions for gross indecency had to be quashed because of the expiry of the time limit before the charges were brought, linked convictions for buggery were not quashed as the evidence put before the court in relation to the former charges would not have needed a bad character ruling had those charges not been made. However, the 10 year sentence was reduced to 8 years as the judge had not been aware of the limitation provisions and it appeared that in sentencing for the counts of buggery, he could have been influenced by the gross indecency convictions.

CA (Crim Div) (Pill LJ, Bennett J, Field J)