ADEQUACY OF RESPONSE

An appeal against conviction for murder was dismissed where the trial judge had appropriately directed the jury in response to requests for guidance on the meaning of reasonable doubt. The 26-year minimum term imposed had reflected slightly too much importance placed on the offender’s previous conviction for assault occasioning actual bodily harm committed while on remand and a minimum term of 25 years was substituted.

[2013] EWCA Crim 396