REX
V.
JOHN OGBUEWU

JELR 81078 (WACA)    
West Africa Court of Appeal  ·  West Africa [For WACA cases]
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1946-49 12 WACA 483-485
CORAM
VERITY, C.J. (NIGERIA), AMES AND RHODES, JJ.
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statement
evidence
language
police
learned judge
appeal
dying declaration
women
ground
argument
evidence ordinance
police constable
reason
version
witness
accused person
accused strike
admissible evidence
appellant's statement
arguments of mr. david
aspect of the appeal mr. david
cross-examination
district officer
evidence of the principal witnesses
first ground of appeal
former part of this ground of appeal
illiterate interpreter
latter statement
learned trial judge
matter of proof
mr. david
points of conflict
police officer
police sergeant
published volumes of w.a.c.a. reports
second ground of appeal
second sentence
sound of a blow
such ruling
such statements
sufficient detail
trial judge
unpublished decision
very words
witness ugha

Ames, J. This appeal is against a conviction for murder. The first ground of appeal is that a statement made by the deceased was wrongly admitted in evidence as a dying declaration and that a statement made by the accused to the Police was also wrongly admitted in evidence.

It will be convenient to deal first with the latter statement. that of the accused. It was made voluntarily and after a caution, and was taken down in writing. The argument against its admissibility is that the statement was make in Ibo and the Constable-wrote it down in English and not in Ibo. Mr. David, who represented the appellant, said that this Court has held that statements made to the Police must be written down in the language in which they were made; but he was not able to refer us to any case in which any such ruling was made. There is no such case reported in a)}y of the published volumes of W.A.C.A. reports and we are not aware of any unpublished decision in which it has been so held by this Court. It i…

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