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19 December 2016

R v Brandford [2016] EWCA Crim 1794

16 Nov, 2 Dec 2016Court of Appeal: Gross LJ, Green J, Judge Molyneux

Crime — Duress — Voluntary association — Whether essential that relevant threat conveyed directly to defendant

Drugs were found on the first defendant after police had stopped a car, in which she was a passenger and the second defendant was the driver, and had arrested them. The defendants and others were charged on two counts of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs of Class A contrary to section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

The first defendant relied on a defence of duress. Her evidence was that on...

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