Queen's evidence


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Queen's evidence

the evidence of someone who decides to give evidence incriminating his accomplice. He may be given immunity from prosecution for doing this. In England the jury will be warned that it is dangerous to convict on such evidence unless corroborated. In Scotland, this notice is no longer required.
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He maintains his complete innocence and alleged a series of approaches were made to him to turn Queen's Evidence.
SOCPA allows a defendant credit for turning Queen's evidence - similar to legislation used in Mafia trials in Italy.
However, for them to turn Queen's evidence based on circumstantial evidence is regrettable.
Former friend, Hector Dick, who turned Queen's evidence, told the High Court in Edinburgh that Fraser had hired a hitman to murder Arlene, then disposed of the remains himself.
These included new regulations to allow criminals to turn Queen's evidence and secure more lenient sentences - or even immunity from prosecution - in return for informing on their crime bosses.
It's a bit like one of those Witness Protection Programmes, where you get a new life in return for turning Queen's Evidence on someone.
Passing sentence, Judge Christopher Elwen agreed that turning Queen's Evidence could not have been easy.
Myatt pleaded guilty to conspiracy but was treated more leniently after turning Queen's evidence.
He had asked the RUC for immunity from prosecution if he turned Queen's evidence against two loyalists he named as Robin 'The Jackal' Jackson and RJ Kerr, both of whom are now dead.
In return for getting slashed jail terms for a raft of crimes, ex-UVF men Robert and Ian Stewart turned Queen's evidence against 12 men accused of a catalogue of terror charges.
Lee Watson, who turned Queen's Evidence to testify against his former gang mates, was locked up for 11 years after admitting manslaughter.