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Fields v HM Coroner for Southwark; R v Southwark Coroner ex p Fields

Authors / Contributors: Bridget Dolan , Debra Powell
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Fields v HM Coroner for Southwark; R v Southwark Coroner ex p Fields
   
Issue: Issue: Whether, in circumstances where it was alleged that the deceased had been unlawfully killed by a blow from a police baton, evidence of the deceased’s previous convictions was relevant and should be admitted; whether it was necessary for the coroner to give the jury specific directions about the deceased’s previous convictions.
   
Court: Divisional Court
   
Reference:   CO/2473/97; CO/3896/97
   
Judge(s): Simon Brown LJ and Mance J
   
Date: 30 January 1998