Regina v Dutton: CACD 1994

The case involved an allegation of sex abuse committed against a young boy who then made no complaint until he was 29, twenty years after the first offence and 14 years after the last offence alleged against the defendant. There was no apparent corroboration in the case and no supporting medical or scientific evidence of any kind. Furthermore, a number of witnesses had died.
Held: These considerations notwithstanding, the trial judge had been entitled to decide, as he did, that a fair trial could be held. (Appeal allowed on other grounds)


[1994] Crim LR 910


England and Wales

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CitedRegina v B CACD 2003
The court allowed an appeal against conviction on charges of sex abuse where the underlying offences had taken place many years before. ‘In this case it has to be recognised that because of the delay that occurred, in our judgment the appellant was . .
CitedWoodcock v The Government of New Zealand QBD 14-Nov-2003
The applicant, a catholic priest, challenged his extradition for alleged offences of sexual abuse which had taken place in the 1980s, saying it would be an abuse now to prosecute him after such a delay.
Held: The case of R v B was of a . .
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Updated: 08 October 2022; Ref: scu.187956