Crofts v R [1996] HCA 22; (1996) 186 CLR 427 (10 October 1996)

Criminal Law – Jury – Discharge – Elicitation by prosecutor of inadmissible evidence of other occasions of sexual abuse not charged – Whether trial judge erred in exercising discretion not to discharge jury.

Criminal Law – Sexual offences – Directions to jury – Delay in complaint – Whether failure to give direction regarding inferences able to be drawn as to credit a misdirection – Whether s 61(1)(a) of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) abrogates requirement to give warning regarding delay in complaint where necessary in interests of justice.

Crimes Act 1958 (Vic), s 61.