R v Parks

JurisdictionEngland & Wales
Judgment Date1961
CourtCourt of Criminal Appeal
[COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEAL.] REGINA v. PARKS. 1961 Oct. 4. Lord Parker C.J., Slade and Veale JJ.

Crime - Court of Criminal Appeal - Fresh evidence - Discretion to admit - Principles on which discretion exercised - Effect to be given to fresh evidence - Issue of identification on assault charge - Relevance of complainant's convictions for dishonesty - Evidence of person near scene of asault - Criminal Appeal Act, 1907 (7 Edw. 7, c. 23), s. 9.

The defendant was convicted of indecent assault. The complainant had positively identified the defendant, who was a young man with fair hair, as her assailant. The defendant appealed, asking the Court of Criminal Appeal to hear fresh evidence, which was not available at the trial, to show that the complainant had convictions for dishonesty and that a person, who had been near the scene of the assault, had heard a woman scream and had seen a middle-aged man with dark hair run away:—

Held, (1) that the court would only exercise its discretion under section 9 of the Criminal Appeal Act, 1907, to admit further evidence when the evidence was not available at the trial, was relevant to the issue, and was credible evidence, capable of belief; and that, applying that principle the court would admit the evidence.

(2) That that evidence, if given at the trial, might have created a reasonable doubt in the jury's minds; and that, therefore, the conviction must be quashed.

APPEAL against conviction.

The appellant, Sydney Alfred Parks, was convicted on April 18, 1961, of indecent assault at the County of London Sessions and sentenced to 18 month's imprisonment. The Court of Criminal Appeal (Glyn-Jones, Howard and Megaw JJ.) granted leave to appeal against conviction so that the court could consider whether to allow further evidence to be called regarding the issue of identification. The evidence sought to be admitted was (i) evidence that the complainant had eight convictions for dishonesty; (ii) evidence of alleged conversations before and after the trial that the complainant had said that she was not certain of her identification; and (iii) evidence of a baker's roundsman who had been near the scene of the assault, had heard a woman scream and had seen a middle-aged man with dark hair, quite unlike the appellant, running away.

The facts are more fully set out in the judgment.

J. L. Clay for the appellant.

W. M. F. Hudson for the Crown.

The following cases were cited in argument: Rex v. HamiltonF1; Rex v. RobinsonF2; Rex v. HullettF3; Rex v. GreenbergF4; Braddock v. Tillotsons Newspapers Ltd.F5 and Reg. v. Thomas.F6

LORD PARKER C.J. The appellant was convicted of indecent assault at the County of London Sessions and sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment. He now appeals against his conviction by leave of the court.

The short facts of the case are as follows: On January 17, 1961, the complainant was walking home at about a quarter to six and had reached a place called Diamond Court, which is in fact an alleyway through a bombed site, a lonely and ill-lit spot, when suddenly someone sprang on her from behind and pushed her to the ground. She was then indecently assaulted. She claimed that she had in the struggle succeeded in scratching or clawing the right side of his face with her nails, and she claimed that she was in a...

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