VB v HM Advocate

Criminal evidence and procedure – Hearsay evidence – Judge's charge. High Court of Justiciary: Refusing an appeal by an appellant who was convicted in a case involving three complainers of offences of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and indecent behaviour towards an underage girl, the court rejected the contention that the trial judge had misdirected the jury by omission in failing to give a specific direction that hearsay evidence could not be used as proof of crucial facts or to corroborate a complainer's evidence: standing the evidence and the clear directions the judge gave concerning credibility and reliability, corroboration and the Moorov doctrine the jury would have been under no misapprehension about what evidence could or could not be used as proof of crucial facts, or to corroborate a complainer's evidence.

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