Practice and Procedure

R V YOUNG (2004)

PUBLISHED December 8, 2004

[2004] EWCA Crim 3520

Whilst a defendant who had no previous convictions was on the face of it entitled to a good character direction, any directions were dependent on the particular circumstances of the case. Where a defendant had relentlessly lied during investigation it was absurd to give a direction as to credibility and where a defendant was involved in illegal activities a direction as to propensity was irrelevant.

CA (Crim Div) (Latham LJ, Stanley Burnton J, Judge Andrew Patience QC)