ADMISSIONS OF CO-DEFENDANT DID NOT RENDER THE VERDICT UNSAFE

The defendant’s convictions of conspiring to import class A drugs and being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent prohibition on the import of class A drugs were safe as the admittance into evidence of a co-defendant’s plea of guilty to the conspiracy, which was later vacated, did not affect the safety of the verdict. There was no question that there had been a conspiracy, the only issue was whether the defendant had been involved as a conspirator.

[2004] EWCA Crim 1297