Attorney General (The People) v Williams

JurisdictionIreland
Judgment Date19 April 1940
Date19 April 1940
CourtSupreme Court
(S.C.),
The People (Attorney-General)
and
Williams

Girl under 15 years - Evidence of prosecutrix - Absence of corroboration - Judge's charge - Necessity for warning the jury - Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1935 (No. 6 of 1935), s. 1, sub-s. 1.

Where, on a charge of unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 15 years of age, there is no corroboration of the evidence of the prosecutrix, the attention of the jury should be directed by the Judge to the absence of corroboration and a warning should be given them of the necessity of exercising great care in weighing her evidence. The degree and gravity of the warning should depend upon the particular circumstances of the case; but in every case, where an adequate warning has been given, the jury should be told that they are entitled to act on the evidence...

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  • DPP v Murphy
    • Ireland
    • Court of Criminal Appeal
    • 21 January 2005
    ...of previous convictions admissible as corroborative of guilt of accused - R v Baskerville [1916] 2 KB 658 and People (AG) v Williams [1940] IR 195 followed; AG v Stevens [1934] 1 Frewen 12; People (AG) v Havelin (1952) 86 ILTR 168; People (AG) v Goulding [1964] Ir Jur Rep 54; People (AG)......
  • People (Attorney General) v Trayers
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    • Court of Criminal Appeal
    • 1 January 1956
    ...explanation on oath, and therefore the conviction must be set aside and a new trial ordered. The People (Attorney-General) v. WilliamsIR [1940] I. R. 195, and The State (Attorney General) v. MooreDIJR[1950] Ir. Jur. Rep. 45 followed. Nature and extent of the trial Judge's discretion to comm......
  • DPP v Pringle (No 2)
    • Ireland
    • Supreme Court
    • 4 March 1997
    ...IR 102 O'LEARY V AG 1995 1 IR 254 CHIDIAC & ANOR V REG 1991 LRC 360 DPP, PEOPLE V EGAN 1990 ILRM 780, 3 FREWEN 269 AG, PEOPLE V WILLIAMS 1940 IR 195 R V COOPER 1969 1 QB 267 ROBINS V NATIONAL TRUST CO LTD 1927 AC 515 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ACT 1993 S9(1) CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ACT 1993 S3 1 JU......
  • DPP v M.K.
    • Ireland
    • Court of Criminal Appeal
    • 19 July 2005
    ...to implicate the accused in the commission of the crime with which he was charged' (per Sullivan C.J. in Attorney General v Williams [1940] I.R. 195 at page 200). I do not propose to elaborate on this rule which has been explained and adopted by Maguire C.J. in The State (Attorney General)......
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