Regina v Unah – WLR Daily

Posted July 14th, 2011 in defences, law reports, possession of false identity documents by tracey

Regina v Unah [2011] WLR (D)  225

“Where a defendant sought to rely on the defence of ‘reasonable excuse’ for the purposes of the offence of possessing a false identity document, contrary to section 25(5) of the Identity Cards Act 2006, the fact that the defendant did not know or believe that the document was false was not of itself a reasonable excuse. However, a defendant was entitled to ask the jury to consider objectively whether he had a reasonable excuse for possessing the material, and the fact that he did not know or believe that it was a false document, because of the circumstances in which it had been obtained, might well have a bearing on that question.”

WLR Daily, 12th July 2011