Ali v The Queen [2010] VSCA 182 (12 July 2010)

CRIMINAL LAW – Intentionally causing serious injury – Assault in prison – Whether evidence of fellow prisoner should have been excluded as rendering the trial unfair – Trial judge’s directions as to fellow prisoner’s evidence sufficient to warn jury of its dangers – Evidence of witness in a previous trial admitted pursuant to s 55AC of the Evidence Act 1958 (Vic) – Consciousness of guilt evidence did not invite circular reasoning.

CRIMINAL LAW – Sentence – Remorse and rehabilitation – Sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment with a minimum term of 12 years’ imprisonment not manifestly excessive.