Penman v HM Advocate

Criminal evidence and procedure – Previous convictions – Evidence of own good character. High Court of Justiciary: Refusing an appeal by an appellant who was convicted of 11 historic charges involving sexual offences against fellow pupils, the appeal relating to the trial judge's decision to grant a Crown motion allowing evidence that the appellant had previous convictions to be placed before the jury after he made a false statement in cross-examination that he had never been in court, the court held that the trial judge was correct to interpret the statement as evidence of the appellant's own good character, and he had properly exercised his discretion to allow the fact that the appellant had prior convictions to be placed before the court.

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