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Rex V. Nelson Asiegbu (1937) LJR-WACA

Rex V. Nelson Asiegbu (1937)

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Convictions on two counts for fraudulent false accounting—Counts open to objection on ground of duplicity—No miscarriage of justice thereby—Section 10 (1) of Ordinance No. 47 of 1933.

Held : Section 10 (1) of Ordinance 47 of 1933 applied, Rex v. Thompson, 9 Criminal Appeal Reports, page 252, followed, and appeal dismissed.

There is no need to set out the facts of the case. Appellant in person.

Ivor Brace for Crown.

The following judgment was delivered :KINGDON, C.J., NIGERIA.

In this case the Court is satisfied that the facts proved establish the guilt of the appellant upon the two counts on which he was convicted. But Counsel for the Crown has very properly pointed out, in appellant’s interest, that the two counts are open to objection on the ground of duplicity. He asks the Court to refrain from quashing the convictions on this ground, but instead to act upon the proviso to section 10 (1) of the West African Court of Appeal Ordinance, 1933.

In this case the appellant was represented at the trial by Counsel, and so, if he was in any way prejudiced or embarrassed by the way in which the counts were framed, objection could and should have been taken. It was not, but instead the acts constituting the offences were admitted, as indeed they have been admitted in this Court.

The fact that no objection was made in the lower Court does not preclude an objection being taken here, but does lead us to be completely satisfied that the appellant was not prejudiced in any way and that no miscarriage of justice has resulted. The case appears to be on all fours with that of Rex v. Thompson (9 Cr. App. Rep. 252) in which the Court of Criminal Appeal in England acted upon the provisions of the English law corresponding to the proviso upon which we are now asked to act. We shall accordingly accede to the request of the Counsel for the. Crown.

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The appeal is dismissed.

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