REGINA v CHAMI, M SKAF, GHANEM, B SKAF [2004] NSWCCA 36 (7 April 2004)

[2004] NSWCCA 36

Criminal law – sexual offences – refusal to order separate trial – late disclosure of witness statement of co-offender – identification issues – directions as to consciousness of guilt – prosecutor’s comment on accused’s failure to give evidence – directions on standard of proof – “beyond reasonable doubt” should not be enlarged upon – complainant’s reliability – directions about lies – whether verdicts unreasonable.

Evidence Act, ss 20(2), 44, 135, 137