Regina v Williams (Orette) – WLR Daily

Posted October 23rd, 2012 in appeals, firearms, law reports by sally

Regina v Williams (Orette) [2012] EWCA Crim 2162; [2012] WLR (D) 279

“As a matter of ordinary interpretation, section 1(5) of the Firearms Act 1982 imposed a reverse, legal, burden on a defendant to show that he did not know and had no reason to suspect that the imitation firearm in his possession was readily convertible into a prohibited firearm. That derogation from the presumption of innocence was justified because it was reasonable and proportionate and balanced the importance of what was at stake for the public with the maintenance of the normal rights of the defendant.”

WLR Daily, 18th October 2012