Lewis and others v R; Laing and another v R

Evidence – Admissibility. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division dismissed a number of appeals against conviction and sentence for firearm, riot, and arson offences which occurred as a result of public disorder in August 2011. The offences in question centred on an incident where a pub was set alight, causing police to attend the scene who were subsequently fired upon with a number of firearms, including a police helicopter. The convictions were safe and the sentences imposed were not too long or manifestly excessive in the circumstances.

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