R v Kuster [2008] VSCA 261 (11 December 2008)

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/vic/VSCA/2008/261.html

CRIMINAL LAW – Appeal – Murder – Provocation – Whether judge’s direction sufficient – Application refused.

EVIDENCE – Corroboration – Whether evidence capable of corroborating – Whether necessary that corroborative evidence itself establish commission of offence and accused’s involvement.

EVIDENCE – Criminal trial – Crown witness – Evidence in chief retracted in cross-examination – Whether hostile witness – Whether dangerous witness – Whether judge’s warning about unreliability sufficient – Whether trial judge followed procedure in R v Thynne [1977] VicRp 10; [1977] VR 98 – Whether trial unfair.