Weekly Digest: 20 August 2018


19 August 2018

This week’s digest considers one Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) judgment, the last handed down before the vacation. In it, the Court considered appeals against conviction for conspiracy to import cocaine; the basis of the appeal was that the trial judges had been wrong to admit evidence and that accordingly the convictions were unsafe. We also include a round up recent sentencing remarks.

R v. Knaggs and others [2018] EWCA Crim 1863

The judgment, available here, was handed down by Sweeny J on 07.08.18.

This was a complex appeal with a number of strands. The appellants, convicted for conspiracy to import cocaine, appealed against conviction on grounds relating to evidence which, so they said, would not have been admitted if the respondent had complied with its disclosure obligations. Consideration of the appeal involved analysis of disclosure and the appropriateness of special counsel. The appeal was dismissed; there was no material which the Crown should have disclosed that they already had not. Further, the judges had been entitled to admit the evidence they did. No article 6 issue arose on the court reviewing material the appellants had not had chance to see.


R v. Dawn Cranston, Denise Cranston, and Abigail Burling, Spencer J, Leeds Crown Court, 12 July 2018

The full remarks are available here.


R v. David Clark, Morris J, Birmingham Crown Court, 12 July 2018

The full remarks are available here.


R v. Thomas Wyllie and Alex Bolland, Cheema-Grubb J, Leeds Crown Court, 20 July 2018

The full remarks are available here.


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