ADMISSIBILITY OF BAD CHARACTER EVIDENCE CONCERNING WITNESS

When assessing the probative value of bad character evidence sought to be adduced under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.100(1)(b), the fact that its admission might lead to detailed consideration of its truth, thereby deflecting the proper focus of the trial, was a relevant consideration. Accordingly, a judge had been entitled to refuse to allow a defendant to adduce an allegation of rape as evidence of the main witness’s bad character.

[2013] EWCA Crim 88