R v Marchant

Criminal evidence – Examination of accused. The judge's repeated interruption during the defendant's examination-in-chief by pursuing lines of questioning which were unnecessary and improper, were not so significant as to materially impair the defendant's ability to give his account of the events. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in dismissing the defendant's appeal against his conviction for rape, further held that the judge's conduct in that respect, in itself or in combination with deficiencies in the summing up, had not deprived the defendant of a fair trial or made his conviction unsafe.

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