ADMITTANCE OF PREVIOUS CONVICTION

A judge had rightly recognised that the admission of evidence in relation to the appellant’s previous conviction would cause undue prejudice to him. However, he had failed in removing the prejudice to the appellant by not discharging the jury from considering the charges against him or by giving a strong and consistent direction that the previous conviction was irrelevant to matters of propensity.

[2004] EWCA Crim 1254