Key Words: Aggravated assault – pleas of not guilty – charges dismissed
Client was charged with an aggravated assault. The victim was unable to identify the person who assaulted him but gave evidence that the person had a New Zealand accent. A co-accused gave evidence that our client was the person who assaulted the victim.
Evidence of a co-accused has to be treated with caution particularly in a case like this where the co-offender had received a discount in sentence for putting forward the name of client. The co-accused’s evidence was not corroborated by any other evidence and was in fact in conflict with the evidence of the victim who said the assailant had a New Zealand accent when the client did not in fact have that accent.