Quarterly Summary

DOI10.1177/002201835802200215
Publication Date01 April 1958
Date01 April 1958
SubjectArticle
Quarterly Summary
(Extended reports
of
some of the caseshere summarised will begiven
in our next issue-Editor)
TWO
INDICTMENTS TRIED AT SAME
TIME
R.
v. Cowdell
THE prosecution conceded that the appellant's trial was a
nullity as it had proceeded on two indictments which
were tried at the same time, one for causing malicious damage
and
the other for maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.
The
alleged offences arose
out
of a public house brawl.
The
indictments appeared to have been
put
at quarter sessions as
if
they had been two counts of the same indictment.
The
prosecution asked the Court of Criminal Appeal to order a
venire de novo in order that the matter might be tried afresh
but
that
Court declined to do so. Instead
it
quashed
the
conviction of Guilty of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily
harm.
The
charge of causing malicious damage had been
withdrawn from the
jury
so that there was a verdict of
Not
Guilty of that offence. (17th February, 1958.)
DRIVING DISQUALIFICATION INCREASED
R. v. Hill
In
dismissing an appeal against a sentence of six months'
imprisonment
the
Court of Criminal Appeal increased the
period of disqualification from driving from two years to five
years following on a conviction of driving under the influence
of drink.
The
Judge of the Manchester Crown Court had
regarded it as a bad case. At 3.30 on a Sunday afternoon
the
appellant had driven his car the wrong way down a one-
way street and had finished up on
the
off-side pavement. He
had
been followed by a police constable, who smelt his breath
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