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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Mr Marshall-Andrews said Chick told the CCRC that police threatened him to make the statements and he would have been "held over a barrel if he didn't turn Queen's evidence".
SOCPA allows a defendant credit for turning Queen's evidence - similar to legislation used in Mafia trials in Italy.
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.
Yesterday's Bill also set out a new 'supergrass' system in which criminals who 'turn Queen's Evidence' could win immunity from prosecution, or have their sentence heavily reduced if they shop their criminal godfathers.
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.