R v Hengari-Ajufo and another

Criminal evidence – Hearsay evidence. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in dismissing the defendants' appeals against conviction for murder, held that, in the circumstances, the judge had not erred in: (i) acceding to the prosecution's application to treat the eye-witness, JW, as hostile; and (ii) permitting the prosecution to adduce hearsay evidence of JW, pursuant to s 114(1)(d) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, through two witnesses JW had allegedly made statements to. Accordingly, nothing had happened at trial that undermined the safety of the convictions.

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