RIP Woolmington v DPP [1935] AC 642

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  1. "Throughout the web of the English criminal law, one golden thread is always to be seen, that it is the duty of the prosecution to prove the prisoner's matter what the charge or where the trial the principle that the prosecution must prove the guilt of the prisoner is part of the common law of England and no attempt to whittle it down can be entertained."

    Per Viscount Sankey Woolmington v DPP [1935] AC 642

    Oh how the past is another country!

    In this case, if the report is accurate, a man, Mr Bowles, is accused of tax evasion, his papers are seized by the state and he is denied access to them for the purposes of mounting a defence. His finances are frozen and application to release funds to pay for his defence is denied to him. Application for legal aid is refused. Finally, the principle that where any doubt exists, the accused is entitled to the benefit of it, is casually discarded as he is jailed and further impoverished.

    Welcome to modern Britain!