Sang is Dead, Loosely Speaking - R V Looseley

14 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2003

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Simon H Bronitt

Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney


The law governing entrapment in Singapore follows the approach outlined by the House of Lords in R v Sang. Sang held that English law did not recognise the defence of entrapment, and moreover, that there was no judicial discretion to exclude evidence simply because it was obtained by an improper or unfair means, or by the activities of an agent provocateur. The foundation of the judicial discretion to admit or exclude evidence was not the importance of upholding propriety during a criminal investigation or disciplining police, but rather the overriding judicial duty to ensure the fair trial of the accused.

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Bronitt, Simon H, Sang is Dead, Loosely Speaking - R V Looseley. Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, pp. 374-387, 2002. Available at SSRN:

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