Regina v Asmeron – WLR

Posted April 16th, 2013 in appeals, defences, documents, immigration, law reports, refugees by sally

Regina v Asmeron [2013] EWCA Crim 435; [2013] WLR (D) 135

“Where a defendant was charged with an offence of entering the United Kingdom without a passport, contrary to section 2 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004, the court could only rule that the defendant’s explanation for so doing was incapable in law of amounting to a good reason or a reasonable excuse if it could properly be said, on the true construction of the Act, that it would be inconsistent with the essential nature and purpose of the offence for the defendant’s explanation to be capable of amounting to a defence. The fact that a defence might be considered hopeless on the merits was not a good reason for a judge to withdraw it from the jury.”

WLR Daily, 11th April 2013