ADMISSION OF PREVIOUS DISHONESTY CONVICTIONS AS BAD CHARACTER EVIDENCE OF PROPENSITY TO COMMIT CONSPIRACY TO BURGLE

A judge was entitled to admit previous convictions for dishonesty as bad character evidence for the propensity of the defendants to commit the offence of conspiracy to burgle, although the dishonesty offences were not the same description or category as the conspiracy offence as required under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.103(2)(a) and s.103(2)(b). Where s.103(2)(a) and s.103(2)(b) did not apply, propensity could be established by other means.

[2009] EWCA Crim 649