Despite the absence of certain evidence at trial, the appellant’s convictions for sexual assault and rape of his half-sister were safe, because the totality of the trial process including the directions given and the summing up was fair.
The court considered the safety of the convictions of two victims of human trafficking, for cultivation of cannabis and controlling prostitution for gain respectively, and whether it had been in the public interest to prosecute them.
A fresh inquest was ordered under the Coroners Act 1988 s.13(1)(b) into the death of a 14-year-old child in 1966, as new evidence was available which rendered a further inquest necessary and desirable in the interests of justice.
The court gave guidance on the proper approach to an application to the Crown Court for a witness summons under the Criminal Procedure (Attendance of Witnesses) Act 1965 s.2.
The court quashed a sentence of imprisonment for public protection imposed for wounding with intent and replaced it with hospital and restriction orders under the Mental Health Act 1983 s.37 and s.41 respectively. The offender had served more than twice the minimum term ordered and the s.37 and s.41 regime was the most effective way of protecting the public and of monitoring his continued treatment.