R v Southwell

Criminal law – Appeal. The defendant had been convicted on one sample count of buggery (count 3) and three other counts of buggery, including count 5, which was a specimen count. The defendant appealed against conviction for count 3 claiming, amongst other things, inconsistency of verdicts considering, in particular, the acquittal on count 5. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in dismissing the appeal, held that the jury had been entitled to reach the verdicts they had reached based upon the entirely proper directions given by the trial judge.

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