DEANE, C.J., GOLD COAST.
This is a case stated by the learned Chief Justice opinion of the West African Court of Appeal.
In so far as this particular trial is concerned the questions asked are academic since the evidence to which they relate was rejected.
The relevant facts are as follows. A statement was made by one of the accused to a police inspector. This was subsequently read over by the inspector in the presence of two other accused. Those two were not cautioned but said that the statement was correct. It was subsequently read over to others of the accused who were mentioned in it and they said nothing.
The learned Chief Justice pointed out that the procedure adopted was contrary to rule 8 of the rules approved by His Majesty's Judges as applicable to such matters, and the Crown Counsel withdrew the document.
The rule in question is to be found at p. 406 of Archbold 28th Edition and reads as follows:----
When two or more persons are charged with the same offence and statements ar…