BM v HM Advocate

Criminal evidence and procedure – Mutual corroboration – Judge's charge. High Court of Justiciary: Refusing an appeal by an appellant who was convicted of 13 charges, including charges libelling non-sexual violence and offences involving sexual conduct, who appealed against conviction on two charges, the court rejected an argument that there was insufficient evidence to permit either of those charges to be corroborated as the remaining charges of which the appellant was convicted related to conduct insufficiently connected in time, place and circumstance to permit the application of the doctrine of mutual corroboration, and a contention that the trial judge misdirected the jury by failing to direct them that evidence showing a general disposition to commit a particular type of offence was insufficient to permit the application of the doctrine and by failing to direct them to apply it with caution.

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