The defendant appealed his conviction for rape and assault. The defendant denied any coercion, but the victim had multiple scratches and a broken arm. A defence witness had been unable to give evidence in peson, but his statement had been read.
Held: The witness’ statement did not significantly affect the allegations. Whilst the majority direction had been given early there was no substantial unfairness. Appeal dismissed.
Lord Justice Potter Mr Justice Cresswell Mr Justice Davis
 EWCA Crim 3184
England and Wales
Updated: 29 April 2022; Ref: scu.187784