JC v HM Advocate

Criminal evidence – Mutual corroboration – Moorov doctrine – Judge's charge. High Court of Justiciary: Refusing an appeal by an appellant who was convicted of four charges involving sexual offences and appealed against his conviction in respect of a charge of sexual assault on a young child and a charge involving older children engaging in sexual conduct with each other, the court rejected contentions that there were insufficient similarities between those charges to allow application of the Moorov doctrine of mutual corroboration and that the judge had erred in his directions to the jury in relation to the Moorov doctrine in failing to 'compartmentalise' the charges in the indictment which were available to corroborate one another.

Category: