ADMISSIBILITY OF EVIDENCE OF DEFENDANT’S PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

A judge was not wrong to allow evidence of the defendant’s previous conviction for possession of a bladed article to be adduced under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.101(g), as bad character evidence against him, where he had attacked the character of the victims by suggesting that they had started the violence and colluded in their account. In a case where the victims were accused of lying, the jury had to hear about the character of the person who had made those accusations.

[2009] EWCA Crim 2235