ABUSE OF PROCESS DUE TO COVERT SURVEILLANCE

Notwithstanding the fact that there was no prejudice to the appellant as a result of the placing of covert listening devices in a police yard, general unlawful acts of the kind done in the instant case amounting to a deliberate violation of a suspected person’s right to legal professional privilege were so great an affront to the integrity of the justice system, and therefore the rule of law, that the associated prosecution was rendered an abuse of process.

[2005] EWCA Crim 1089