R v West

Criminal law – Trial. The defendant was convicted unanimously of ten counts of indecent assault and four counts of indecency with a child in respect of alleged historical abuse of his step-daughter. The issue on appeal, among other things, was whether the judge's summing up on the burden and standard of proof had been defective. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in allowing the appeal, held that the judge's summing up had been defective and it could not be said that the verdicts would necessarily have been the same had an appropriate summing up been given. The conviction was quashed.

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