Virgin Media Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v Zinga: CACD 24 Jan 2014

Zinga had been convicted of conspiracy to defraud in a private prosecution brought by Virgin Media. After dismissal of the appeal against conviction, Virgin pursued confiscation proceedings. Zinga appealed against refusal of its argument that it was an abuse for a private prosecutor to take such action, even where as here that prosecutor had disclaimed any product of the order.
Held: The appeal failed. Confiscation proceedings are also part of criminal proceedings and within the scope of section 6 of the 1985 Act. POCA makes a distinction between those who can investigate and those who can prosecute. The fact that a prosecutor cannot investigate does not impair the ability to participate fully in confiscation proceedings, provided that an appropriate officer, as defined in POCA, assists that prosecutor by exercising the various investigatory powers. No inference as to the limitation on the meaning of prosecutor can therefore be drawn from this contention. The powers of confiscation are wide and clear justification is needed for actions taken under them. Howver, the decisions on confiscation are those of the court, and it should not make a difference who was prosecuting.

Sir John Thomas, Foskett, Hickinbotton JJ
[2014] EWCA Crim 52
Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000, Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 6
England and Wales
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CitedRegina v Pawsey 1989
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CitedWaya, Regina v SC 14-Nov-2012
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CitedScopelight Ltd and Others v Chief of Police for Northumbria CA 5-Nov-2009
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Held: The . .

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