R v Wells and others

Criminal law – Fitness to plead. Two separate appeals were heard together because they raised similar issues concerning defendants who had been found unfit to plead. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, held that, where a defendant's disability impacted on his ability to take part in a trial, but he was not otherwise affected by a psychiatric condition such as rendered what was said in interview unreliable, there was no reason why the jury should not hear it, albeit with an appropriate warning. The finding in each case was safe and the appeals were dismissed.

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