ABSENCE OF DIRECTION TO JURY

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.

[2004] EWCA Crim 3520