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Criminal Law – Admissibility of photographs

Martin George & Company > Case Histories  > Criminal Law – Admissibility of photographs

Kajala v Noble 

  Kajala v Noble     (1982) 75 Cr App Rep 149   Court: CA   Judgment Date: circa 1982   Catchwords & Digest   EVIDENCE - GENERAL PRINCIPLES - NECESSITY FOR BEST EVIDENCE - AS TO FACTS - BEST EVIDENCE -- VIDEO RECORDING -- COPY OF ORIGINAL -- ADMISSIBILITY           The defendant was convicted of an offence contrary to the Public Order Act 1936, s 5, committed during a serious disturbance. He had been identified by a prosecution witness, who had recognized him on a BBC news programme concerning the incident. As it was BBC policy not to allow originals of their firms to leave the premises, the prosecution had relied upon a...

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Taylor v Chief Constable of Cheshire

All England Law Reports/1987/Volume 1 /Taylor v Chief Constable of Cheshire - [1987] 1 All ER 225 [1987] 1 All ER 225   Taylor v Chief Constable of Cheshire    QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION  RALPH GIBSON LJ AND MCNEILL J    27 OCTOBER 1986 Criminal evidence - Video recording - Offence viewed on visual display unit - Admissibility of what was seen on visual display unit or video recording - Recording not available at trial - Whether evidence of contents of video recording inadmissible as hearsay - Whether evidence of what was seen on visual display unit or video recorder admissible as direct evidence of what was seen to be...

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REGINA v. DODSON ; REGINA v. WILLIAMS

  Weekly Law Reports (ICLR)/1984/Volume 1 /REGINA   v.   DODSON ; REGINA   v.   WILLIAMS  - [1984] 1 WLR 971   [1984] 1 WLR 971 REGINA   v.   DODSON ; REGINA   v.   WILLIAMS [COURT OF APPEAL]  1984 April 9; 12    Watkins L.J., Park and Jupp JJ.  Crime -- Evidence -- Identity -- Photographs taken by automatic security cameras -- Cameras activated during attempted armed robbery -- Whether photographs admissible in evidence   Three armed men entered a building society office; one of them fired a shot gun and shattered a glass bandit-screen on the counter. The manager operated the alarm button. This activated two security cameras which began taking photographs at half-second...

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R v Wood

R v Wood (1982) 76 Cr App Rep 23   Court: CA Judgment Date: circa 1982 Catchwords & Digest   CRIMINAL LAW, EVIDENCE AND PROCEDURE - EVIDENCE - METHOD OF PROOF - DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE - DOCUMENTS AND TAPE RECORDINGS - CALCULATIONS BY COMPUTER After the theft of certain metals, metals of the same type were found in the defendant's possession. In order to establish whether they were part of the stolen metals, chemists subjected them to elaborate analysis of which certain complicated calculations were a necessary part. These were carried out by means of a computer. On the basis of that analysis the metals in the defendant's possession...

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R v Tolson

R v Tolson  (1864) 4 F & F 103, 176 ER 488   Court: NP Judgment Date: circa 1864 Catchwords & Digest   CRIMINAL LAW, EVIDENCE AND PROCEDURE - EVIDENCE - METHOD OF PROOF - IDENTIFICATION - BY PHOTOGRAPH -- IN GENERAL On an indictment for bigamy, a photographic likeness of the first husband allowed to be shown the witnesses present at the first marriage, in order to prove his identity with the person mentioned in the marriage certificate.   The photograph was admissible because it is only a visible representation of the image or impression made upon the minds of the witnesses by the sight of the person or...

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R v Roberts and Anor

All England Official Transcripts (1997-2008)   R v Roberts and anor   [1998] Lexis Citation 1534 (1998) Crim LR 682   (Transcript: Smith Bernal)  COURT OF APPEAL (CRIMINAL DIVISION)  LORD BINGHAM CJ, BRIAN SMEDLEY, THOMAS JJ  6 APRIL 1998  6 APRIL 1998 S Bassra for the Appellants; B Kealy for the Crown    LORD BINGHAM CJ (Reading the Judgment of the Court): In March 1997 these two appellants stood trial in Leeds Crown Court before His Honour Judge Grant and a jury on an indictment containing three counts.  All three counts related to events which took place late in the evening of Saturday, 16 September 1995 in the centre of Leeds.  Count 1 charged the appellants...

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R v Imran and Hussain

Official Transcripts (1990-1997) R v Imran and Hussain   [1997] Lexis Citation 1058 [1997] Crim LR 754   (Transcript: Smith Bernal) COURT OF APPEAL (CRIMINAL DIVISION)  LORD BINGHAM OF CORNHILL LCJ, ROUGIER, MAURICE KAY JJ   9 JUNE 1997  9 JUNE 1997 N Stevens for both Applicants     ROUGIER J  (reading the judgment of the court): It so happens that on 10 May 1995 the police had set up a concealed look-out on some matter which has never been identified. As ill-luck would have it for four young men that was the day when an attempted robbery of a shop took place in Warwick Road, Birmingham, which was, in fact, recorded on the video cameras...

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R v Cook

All England Law Reports/1987/Volume 1 /R v Cook - [1987] 1 All ER 1049 [1987] 1 All ER 1049 R v Cook COURT OF APPEAL, CRIMINAL DIVISION  WATKINS LJ, DRAKE AND OGNALL JJ  13 NOVEMBER, 9 DECEMBER 1986   Criminal evidence - Identity - Photofit picture - Admissibility - Whether photofit picture admissible in evidence - Whether admission of photofit picture contrary to hearsay rule.   A photofit picture of a defendant is admissible at his trial as part of a witness's evidence and does not constitute a breach of either the hearsay rule or the rule against the admission of earlier consistent statements (see p 1054 j, post).   R...

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R v Constantinou

Criminal Appeal Case Summaries and Judgments/1989/R v Constantinou - [1989] Lexis Citation 3171 R v Constantinou 91 Cr App Rep 74, Lexis UK CD 59 [1989] Lexis Citation 3172 COURT OF APPEAL (CRIMINAL DIVISION)  O'CONNER, LJ, BOREHAM, McNEILL JJ  14 APRIL 1989  14 APRIL 1989   This judgment has been summarised by LexisNexis UK editors. J Ornstin for the Appellant M Birnbaum for the Crown Registrar of Criminal Appeals; Crown Prosecution Service   Criminal evidence - Identity - Photofit picture - Admissibility - Whether judge ought to have admitted photofit - Whether Turnball direction ought to have been given.   M was getting into his car, having collected a substantial sum of money from a bank,...

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R v Blenkinsop

R v Blenkinsop  [1995] 1 Cr App Rep 7   Court: CA Judgment Date: circa 1995 Catchwords & Digest     CRIMINAL LAW, EVIDENCE AND PROCEDURE - EVIDENCE--IDENTIFICATION--PHOTOGRAPHIC IDENTIFICATION--PHOTOGRAPHS OR VIDEO RECORDING--APPROPRIATE DIRECTION TO JURY The appellant and 23 other people were charged with violent disorder following an incident at a demonstration. Although the appellant admitted that he had been present and had taken part in the demonstration, he argued that it had not been proved that he was one of those who had actively taken part in the violence that had occurred. The prosecution evidence consisted of a photograph of the appellant taken by the police when he...

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