ADMISSIBILITY OF HEARSAY STATEMENTS

[2007] EWCA Crim 3463 [2007] EWCA Crim 3463

Where a victim of domestic violence had made a complaint to the police but had later indicated that she did not wish to incriminate the perpetrator, and it was not appropriate to require her to give evidence, a judge had been right to refuse to admit hearsay evidence of her complaint. Cases involving domestic violence were prosecuted in the interests of the public and there had been sufficient direct evidence on which the Crown could have relied.