R v Paraskeva

JurisdictionEngland & Wales
Judgment Date02 December 1982
Judgment citation (vLex)[1982] EWCA Crim J1202-13
CourtCourt of Appeal (Criminal Division)
Date02 December 1982
Docket NumberNo. 2518/B/82

[1982] EWCA Crim J1202-13



Royal Courts of Justice


The Lord Chief Justice of England (Lord Lane)

Lord Justice O'Connor


Mr. Justice Talbot

No. 2518/B/82

John Paraskeva

MR. M. LAMB appeared on behalf of the Appellant.

MR. P. BUCKNELL appeared on behalf of the Crown.


On 28th April 1982 at the Crown Court at Acton, the appellant was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and fined £400. The jury was discharged from returning a verdict on count 1 of the indictment, robbery.


He appeals against conviction by leave of the single Judge.


The point is a very short one, namely that the only prosecution witness on the facts, with which I will deal in a moment, was a man who had got a conviction for dishonesty, namely for theft, back in 1975. This fact was not known to the solicitor and counsel for the defence, and by an error it was not revealed to them by counsel for the prosecution, as he frankly acknowledged. It is said that this was an irregularity and a material one in the present case.


The prosecution arose out of an incident which occurred on 14th October 1981. The appellant owned premises in Harlesden High Street and on the ground floor he had a hair dressing business. Two other floors had been converted into flats. The complainant, a man named Brimson, was a Health Inspector for Brent Council. He had been there, on the evidence, a number of times in connection with some work which the Council required to be done on the premises. He came on 14th October at about 11 o'clock to inspect the premises. According to him, after the inspection had occurred, the appellant lost his temper and attacked him. He seized him and butted him in the face, so that he had bruises and two loosened teeth. He then seized his briefcase, kicked him in the thigh in order to make him lose his grip and made off with the briefcase down the street. That was the last Mr. Brimson had seen of the briefcase. When the appellant came back he was asked for it, and he said "Go away". According to the complainant he then went to the police and went to hospital at about 2.30 and the injuries were found, and he made his complaint to the police.


The police came to interview the appellant who flatly denied that any incident had taken place. Thus it was that at the trial the complainant gave his evidence to the effect which I have just set out, and...

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