Criminal law – Obstructing course of justice. The offenders were convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice in circumstances where the victim, who had learning difficulties, had been persuaded to spent a twenty four hour period with two of the offenders on the day he had been due to attend court to give evidence. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, held that the sentences of between 12 and 16 months' imprisonment had not been unduly lenient.