Plaza, R v: CACD 13 Mar 2013

Appeal from conviction of conspiracy to supply a class A drug – the judge was wrong to allow the prosecution to put in evidence his conviction in the Netherlands and that as a result his conviction is unsafe.
Held: The appeal failed: ‘The judge dealt with the Dutch conviction in an entirely appropriate manner in his summing-up. He made it clear to the jury that they had to be sure that the appellant had in fact committed the offence before they could take it into consideration at all. He also explained its potential relevance to the issues of innocent association and propensity while making it clear that whether the conviction did in fact assist on either of those questions was entirely a matter for them.’
[2013] EWCA Crim 501
Criminal Justice Act 2003 101(3), Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 78
England and Wales

Updated: 10 July 2021; Ref: scu.510711