Regina v Rennie Gilbert: PC 21 Mar 2002

(Grenada) The defendant had successfully appealed a conviction for attempted rape. He said that he had been convicted on the uncorroborated evidence of the complainant, and that the judge should have given an appropriate warning to the jury. The crown appealed.
Held: English law now gave a discretion to the judge as to the need for such a warning, and its strength and context. It had in the past been predicated on a supposed tendency of women complainants to lie. Turnbull warnings were directed at the reliability of an identification, and not to the veracity of a complainant. In this case the warning might not have been needed, and the crown’s appeal was allowed.


Lord Steyn Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough Lord Millett Lord Scott of Foscote Sir Philip Otton


Appeal No 10 of 2001, [2002] UKPC 17, [2002] 2 AC 531


PC, Bailii, PC




CitedRegina v Henry 1968
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CitedJames v The Queen PC 1970
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(Akrotiri and Dhekelia) The defendant had appealed convictions for rape and attempted rape. He had criticised the arrangements for protecting the complainant when giving evidence, which had not complied with the 1999 Act. His appeal succeeded in . .
CitedRegina v Coutts HL 19-Jul-2006
The defendant was convicted of murder. Evidence during the trial suggested a possibility of manslaughter, but neither the defence nor prosecution proposed the alternate verdict. The defendant now appealed saying that the judge had an independent . .
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Updated: 05 June 2022; Ref: scu.168108