Teiko David Jamel Furbert and Sheldon Eugenio Franks v The Queen: PC 23 Mar 2000

PC (Bermuda) The appellants challenged their conviction for murder. Evidence had been admitted of informal and unadmitted conversations with police officers after charge, with the officers notebooks put before the jury.
Held: The judge had dealt with the matter correctly. The breach of the Judges’ Rules does not automatically render an oral statement made by the accused inadmissible. The judge was correct to make the notes an exhibit since defence counsel suggested it. Whether a statement constitutes an admission is a question for the jury. The defendants argued that the judge had misdirected as to the mental element in the crime of murder. The judge had correctly described the provisions of the applicable criminal code.


Lord Steyn, Lord Hope of Craighead, Lord Clyde, Lord Hutton, Lord Millett


[2000] UKPC 12, Appeal No 61 of 1998


Bailii, PC, PC


CitedRex v Ball HL 1911
Evidence of sexual acts or advances other than those which are the subject of the charge is frequently adduced to show the true nature of the relationship between the parties, a practice which may be regarded as an acceptable and inevitable form of . .
CitedRegina v Giannetto CACD 19-Jul-1996
A murder conviction was correct on a joint charge where the defendant was found to have encouraged and arranged it. The jury do not have to be sure which defendant in fact killed provided they are sure that both were there pursuant to a joint . .
CitedRobinson v Canadian Pacific Railway Co PC 23-Jul-1892
When construing a statutory povision, it may be justifiable to turn back to the common law where it contains provisions of doubtful import, or uses language which had previously acquired a technical meaning, or on some other special ground. . .
CitedChan Wing-Siu v The Queen PC 21-Jun-1984
The appellant and co-accused were charged with murder. They said they had gone to meet the deceased to collect a debt, but had been attacked with a knife by the deceased. Two of the three had knives and knew of the other knife.
Held: All were . .
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Updated: 01 June 2022; Ref: scu.159399