ADMISSIBILITY OF WITNESSES’ EVIDENCE ON RETRIAL

Although two prosecution witnesses had been told too much by the police about the reasons for the appellant’s retrial for manslaughter, and an anonymity order in respect of one of the witnesses had not been necessary to protect him or his family, the retrial was fair and the conviction was safe. The appellant’s 16-year custodial sentence did not, however, take sufficient account of the fact that he had been the passenger in a vehicle that had run over and killed the victim, and as such was less culpable than the driver. A sentence higher than 14 years’ imprisonment could not be justified.

[2011] EWCA Crim 2710